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Students, feeling nickel-and-dimed, force new scrutiny of college fees
Hechinger Report - Jan 3, 2017
YTON, Ohio — At a time when public anger is laser-focused on tuition charges that are rising three times faster than inflation, something less well understood has actually been largely responsible for pushing up the cost of college: fees.....
The U.S. Needs More Colleges
Bloomberg - Jan 6, 2017
The idea of free college, one of the pillars of Bernie Sanders’ unsuccessful presidential bid, hasn't been discarded in the wake of the 2016 election. Just this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released a plan to make all public colleges in that state free for residents whose families earn less than $125,000 a year....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Freshman Survival Secrets – Part 2
Tribune News-Service - Jan 9, 2017
Ben Knoble, a 2016 graduate of Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte and a first-year student at UNC Chapel Hill shared his wisdom about what was a very successful first semester; both academically and socially....
Weighted or non-weighted GPA: Which is better for college admission?
Los Altos Online - Jan 11, 2017
To weight or not to weight a grade-point average – that is the question facing high school administrators throughout the U.S. and here in our own backyard....
3 Ways High School Seniors Can Capitalize on Second Semester
US News - Jan 9, 2017
Many students – and parents – are all too familiar with the stereotypes surrounding second-semester seniors. Pop culture often deems the final semester as a time for high school seniors to relax and put the hard work on the back burner...
Surviving the campaign for college admissions: The college application
LI Herald - Jan 10, 2017
In the previous installment, I talked about narrowing down the final list of schools to which you’ll apply. Now you’re ready to send for applications and fill them out. This column includes many tips as well as some do’s and don’ts...
The Cost of College Depends Greatly on Your State and Which Major You Choose
The Street - Jan 10, 2017
Colleges and universities are under significant pressure from college affordability advocates, and understandably so....
6 Things to Consider Before Applying to Colleges Abroad
Her Campus - Jan 4, 2017
Lately, it seems like studying abroad is a right of passage for many students. Chances are, you know at least one person who went abroad for a semester––but there’s a huge difference between studying abroad for a semester and making it your entire college experience....
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Students with Disabilities

Supreme Court to decide: What level of education do public schools legally owe to students with disabilities?
Washington Post - Jan 10, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday in a dispute over the level of education that public schools must provide to millions of children with disabilities, a case advocates describe as the most significant special-education...
Students with learning disabilities can now easily ask for testing accommodations
KXAN - Jan 10, 2017
This month, Austin Independent School District sophomores are getting their PSAT scores, a test students take to help prepare for the SAT. It can be an intimidating exam for any student, but even more so if you have a learning disability....
Archives - Students with Disabilities

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Jan 12, 2017
Texting Students into College? OK, But…
It’s been a busy news week for school counselors—and it isn’t even National School Counselor Week yet! The cycle of attention began last week, when First Lady Michelle Obama honored the School Counselor of the Year at a White House Ceremony .. More

Don't Call It 'Guidance' Anymore: A Talk With The Nation's Top School Counselor
NPR.org  - Jan 6, 2017
Counselors play a big role in helping students succeed: They help with scheduling, college applications and with issues like mental health....
Counseling leader says many students unserved; urges early start to college planning
EdSource  - Jan 9, 2017
This has been a busy season for Eric Blanco, a high school counselor at Ernest Righetti High School, his own alma mater in Santa Maria. The deadline for UC and CSU applications recently passed; his students are finishing applications for private colleges and then must file financial aid form...
Text Your Way to College
New York Times  - Jsn 6, 2017
Every year, hundreds of thousands of high school seniors make bad choices about where — or whether — to go to college. Some who would excel at top-ranked institutions opt for second-tier institutions. And more than 200,000 students who have been accepted by colleges never enroll....
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Ten Ways For Parents To Get On Top Of The College Admission Process
Forbes  - Jan 11, 2017
Holiday decorations have been put away, you're trying to keep up with your New Year's resolutions, and that fruitcake has been regifted. It's time to think about gearing up for the college process with your high school junior!...
The deepest fears — and hopes — parents harbor about their kids applying to college
Washington Post  - Jan 4, 2017
In the next several months the 2016-17 college admissions season will play out, with the majority of students who have applied as freshmen for this coming fall.
How stuck-in-the-middle parents can afford college
USA Today  - Jan 10, 2017
All parents want to pay for their kids’ college. Unfortunately, many families find themselves too wealthy to qualify for financial aid, but too strapped to pay out-of-pocket...
Some parents risk financial ruin taking on child's college debt
USA Today  - Jan 10, 2017
More parents foot the bill for their child’s college education, trying to give them a financial leg up after graduation. But for some, this plan could backfire, saddling the child with the cost of the parents’ retirement...
Archives - Parents
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What Your PSAT Scores Really Means
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Jan 9, 2017
PSAT scores for the new version of the SAT arrived last week. These scores mark the time when sophomores and juniors can begin to target colleges that are in range. If your school is slow about handing out scores, you may want to go online and get them. Then, how do you interpret your PSAT scores and use them to launch your college search?...
How Parents Can Help Their Kids Through the SAT and ACT
, GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Jan 6, 2017
icki Reilly thinks of herself as calm, cool and collected. But locked in the privacy of a bathroom with her phone, she furtively checked her son’s ACT scores—even though she’d told him not to while the family vacationed in Colorado. ...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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What You Need to Know About Your College Financial Aid Offer This Yea
Consumer Reports - Jan 5, 2017
College admission season is approaching fast. And because of a new date for federal financial aid applications, many students will be getting financial aid offers earlier from colleges that accept them. ...
2017 Guide To College Financial Aid, The FAFSA And CSS Profile
Forbes - Jan 8, 2017
If you ever wondered how your income and assets are counted against you when your child applies for college aid, and if there is anything you can do to maximize your aid eligibility -- wonder no more......
3 Financial Aid Traps for Nontraditional Students to Avoid
US News - Jan 11, 2017
Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a report showing that the number of borrowers age 60 or older with student loan debt has quadrupled in the last 10 years.....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

There’s good money to be made in non-college careers
Herald Net  - Jan 10, 2017
EDMONDS — All Bryan Robbins wanted to do was work on cars. His dad, Dave Robbins, was a mechanic before a back injury disrupted that career and he began teaching automotive classes in the Edmonds School District. ..
Feds Say More Than 800 Career Programs Are Failing
WGBH.org  - Jan 10, 2017
With just over a week left in office, the Obama administration continues to crackdown on the for-profit college industry. The U.S. Education Department says hundreds of schools have failed to meet its gainful employment rule. ..
Feds say too many career-training programs, for-profit schools leaving graduates saddled with debt
Washington Post  - Jan 9, 2017
Nearly a thousand career-training programs at for-profit colleges are leaving graduates saddled with debt that exceeds 12 percent of their total earnings..
The Next Generation Of Farmers Is Being Trained In New York City High Schools
NPR.org  - Jan 5, 2017
It's Monday, 8 a.m., and these teens have already mucked stalls in the barn and fed the goats, alpacas and miniature cows. They've rounded up eggs in the henhouse, harvested cabbages and a few green-tinged tomatoes...
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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The Gaps in New York's Free-College Plan
The Atlantic - Jan 10, 2017
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced plans to provide free tuition at the state’s public two- and four-year colleges to residents making up to $125,000. Standing next to former presidential contender Bernie Sanders ....
There are more manufacturing jobs than skilled workers to fill them. Peter Coleman wants to fix that.
Buffalo News - Jan 9, 2017
Ask Peter Coleman about the top issue manufacturers face, and he doesn’t hesitate to answer: a lack of skilled workers to hire. Coleman is executive director of the Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance, and he knows all about workforce issues ....
New Jersey's higher education legacy: fiscal impotence | Editorial
NJ.com - Jan 9, 2017
Once again, New Jersey peers across the river with envious fascination, as a mighty neighbor reminds the world that education is the holy grail and takes the bold step toward making it available to every one of its citizens.....
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Teen Drinking

Teens whose parents let them try alcohol as kids more likely to drink, but less likely to binge
SF Gate  - Jan 5, 2017
A new study led by the University of New South Wales and published by the Cambridge University Press suggests that children given sips of alcohol by a parent are more likely to be drinking a full serving of alcohol by the time they're 15 or 16, but less likely to binge drink at the same age.....
Teens whose parents let them try alcohol as kids more likely to drink, but less likely to binge
Utica Observer Dispatch - Jan 6, 2017
With national and local data showing smoking, drinking and drug usage rates tumbling, are teenagers really changing their ways or just redirecting vices elsewhere?....
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