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How The House And Senate Bills Affect Higher Ed
NPR.org  - Dec 8, 2017
Colleges and universities across the country are expected to be hit hard by the Republican tax plan. The House and Senate bills differ in important ways, but both would mean big changes for higher ed.....
In an era of inequity, more and more college financial aid is going to the rich
Hechinger Report  - Dec 7, 2017
ITHACA, N.Y. — Maya Portillo started life solidly in the middle class. Both her parents were college graduates, they sent her to a Montessori school, they took family vacations and they owned a house in Tucson filled with the books she loved to read....
These states are helping former foster youth navigate college
PBS NewsHour - Dec 7, 2017
Since she was 2, Alexis Barries has bounced from foster home to group home to finally, a place of her own. She’s got dreams of becoming an attorney, and even started college early, at 16...
New Higher Education Bill Rolls Back Obama-Era Safeguards
New York Times  - Dec 12, 2017
WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans begin work on Tuesday on an extensive rewrite of the law that governs the nation’s system of higher education, seeking to dismantle landmark Obama administration regulations designed to protect students from predatory for-profit colleges ...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

College Connection: The myths of choosing a college major; Part II
MyCentralJersey - Dec 7, 2017
The New York Times recently chronicled what it called “Six Myths About Choosing a College Major.” But are they really myths? Last week we examined the first three “myths,” and pointed out the veracity behind each one...
Why is choosing a college major so fraught with anxiety?
Washington Post - Dec 8, 2017
This is the time of year when college majors probably garner the most attention — from high school seniors who often need to pick one to complete their admissions applications and from undergraduates returning...
Texting Teens? Proceed with Caution
Inside Higher Ed - Dec 7, 2017
Let’s be clear: just because the average teen texts dozens of times a day doesn’t mean they want to get texts from you —or the college or university you work for....
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Denied College Admission? Should You Appeal?
Pleasanton Weekly - Dec 8, 2017
Paul was denied admission to a private college that he, his parents, and high school counselor all had agreed matched his interests and academic profile. The question the parents asked me was “Should we appeal the decision?”....
College Advice: Early Decision As Reality Therapy
Forbes - Dec 7, 2017
As legions of teenagers around the world anxiously await Early Decisions from colleges and universities — including here at Drew University where we are currently up more than 30% in applications over a year ago....
Archives - Early/Defer/Waitlisted
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Lady Bird and Your College Application Essay
HuffPost  - Dec 13, 2017
If you’re a high school senior, the next few days might be the most stressful of the year. Sleepless nights, nervous eating, nail biting, and snapping at whoever crosses your path...
The December affliction of Reluctant Writer Syndrome
Tribune News Service  - Dec 12, 2017
Reluctant Writer Syndrome, like the flu, hits every year around this time. Most typically affected are high school senior boys, who seem to specialize in procrastination....
Haven’t started your college admission essay yet? Here’s 6 tips to help with the process
Ledger-Enquirer  - Dec 12, 2017
With the application deadline for selective colleges such as the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech looming next month, this is a good time for advice about writing a college application essay....
Essay is a critical part of a college application
Chicago Tribune  - Dec 7, 2017
While some colleges have eased their requirements for essays in the admissions process, the Common Application continues to require one essay. Many schools also require supplemental essays. T...
Archives - Essays
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Students with Disabilities

How to Prepare for College When You Have a Disability
Her Campus - Dec 10, 2017
If you have a disability, planning to attend college might seem like a nightmare — but in reality, with a bit of preparation, you can do anything you put your mind to. It’s important to know your rights as a disabled student..

Archives - Students with Disabilities
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Dec 14, 2017
The More Things Change
High school counselling offices are busy with the sounds of college this week. PSAT results are being returned, leading juniors to wonder about the next steps in their exploration of college. .... More

From breakfast to BFF’s, school counselors tackle barriers to student success
KTOO.org - Dec 11, 2017
The Sitka School District’s counselors are taking the offensive as the administration begins to outline next year’s budget.. ..
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Changing College Majors: It’s Really Common
The College Solution Blog - Dec 12, 2017
Are you worried that your teenager doesn’t know what college major he or she wants? In my experience, it’s a common worry that parents of high school students experience....
Letting go: Tips for parents sending kids to college
MSU Post  - Dec 11, 2017
As a child gets older, it may seem like forever before they will be leaving for college. It is so true when they say “time flies when you are having fun” changing diapers, doing homework, traveling to sporting events and packing lunches...
Parents, Resist the Urge to Write Your Child's College Application Essay
VOA News  - Dec 11, 2017
As young people apply to colleges and universities, many point to their parents as the main influence on their decision, says an admissions officer who works with international students....
Parents of College Students: The Tax Plans’ Losers that No One Is Talking About
ITEP  - Dec 13, 2017
Parents of college students or kids in their last years of high school are more likely to face a tax hike than others under the tax legislation moving through Congress....
Archives - Parents
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Transform Your PSAT Score Into an SAT Game Plan
US News  - Dec 11, 2017
This year, high school students will receive their PSAT scores on December 11, 12 or 13. PSAT scores range from 320 to 1520. The redesigned PSAT adheres more closely to the revised SAT,...
Learning Matters: Preparing for tests can help alleviate stress for families
Los Angeles Times  - Dec 8, 2017
College-aspiring high school juniors and seniors in Glendale and elsewhere gathered last weekend to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test, or SAT, that long-established threshold to the college application and admissions process....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Fill out that FAFSA: College financial aid goes fast
Herald-Review - Dec 10, 2017
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, filing period began Oct. 1, and high school counselors have been urging their students to take advantage of the online system and get their applications completed. Like yesterday....
Money Matters: Financial aid myths
WMUR - Dec 7, 2017
Some private colleges are now crossing the $70,000-per-year cost for the 2017/2018 school year. Public colleges are also getting expensive. This means that financial aid is essential for some families, yet many don’t know much about the process....
All These Colleges Have Now Gone 'Loan-Free' to Help Keep Students Out of Debt
TIME Magazine - Dec 11, 2017
The number of “no-loan” colleges just increased again. After raising $30 million in less than three months, Brown University announced last week that it will remove student loans from its financial aid packages, replacing them with grants....
5 Mistakes That Could Cost You That College Scholarship
TeenLife Blog - Dec 6, 2017
Applying for scholarships requires a commitment of time and a dedication to persevere. It is a job in the truest sense of the word. You will most likely spend hours upon hours applying for scholarships ...
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

Vocational ed must place more focus on lifelong learning, soft skills
Education Drive - Dec 13, 2017
Most current vocational programs in schools are too narrow in focus to easily adapt to rapidly developing technology, Robert Urzillo, retired superintendent and current director of the graduate education program at Rosemont College, writes for District Administration...
Timing of Vocational Education Matters
EdWeek (registration required) - Dec 8, 2017
Career and technical education is finally getting the recognition it so richly deserves. But to make it even more relevant, a new study found that such classes were most influential in the junior and senior years of high school ..
Archives - Career and Technical Education
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Boston Globe - Spotlight - Dec 14, 2017
One day this fall, Rachel Domond, a third-year student at Northeastern University, conducted a counting exercise that has become all too familiar for many African-American students.. ..
A Maryland bill could make it easier for children of divorced parents to afford college
Diamondback News - Dec 11, 2017
The University of Maryland's student branch of the American Association of University Women is endorsing a bill that could give more financial support to children of divorced parents. ..
What Maine is doing to combat bullying in schools
Bangor Daily News - Dec 8, 2017
Four years after implementing its own anti-bullying law, Maine has become the focus of a national study seeking to determine the effectiveness of anti-bullying programs in public schools.. ..
Spring tuition grant cuts could cost Pennsylvania college students $20 million in funding
Tribune-Review - Dec 8, 2017
Several universities say they will dig into their resources to backfill a mid-year reduction in state grant awards that help underwrite costs for more than 100,000 Pennsylvania college students.. ..
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Teen Dating

Common Teen Behaviors Can Be Red Flags for Dating Violence
NBC Washington - Dec 12, 2017
At first, Taylor Brown thought her high school boyfriend's sexual aggression was normal. She was just 16. He touched her without her consent, read her emails and sent her male friends texts from her phone to try to get them to confess that she cheated on him with them.. ..
Victims of Teen Violence May Begin Dating at an Earlier Age
PsychCentral.com - Dec 8, 2017
Teen victims of violence tend to date and enter into romantic relationships at an earlier age, according to a new American Sociological Review study. On average, victimized youth begin romantic relationships about nine months earlier than non-victimized youth.. ..
What role can schools play in preventing and responding to teen dating violence?
MedicalXpress - Dec 12, 2017
A nationwide study of school principals has shown that while the majority had assisted a victim of teen dating violence (TDV) recently, most of them had never received formal training in this area and their school did not have a specific protocol for dealing with TDV.. ..
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