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America’s Great Working-Class Colleges
New York Times  - Jan 18, 2017
The heyday of the colleges that serve America’s working class can often feel very long ago. It harks back to the mid-20th century, when City College of New York cost only a few hundred dollars a year and was known as the “Harvard of the proletariat.”...
Too rich to get college aid for your kid, but too poor to pay out of pocket? Here's what to do.
NPR.org  - Jan 13, 2017
When President Obama took office in January 2009, the country was on edge, the economy in free-fall. The federal education law, known as No Child Left Behind, was also in need of an update after earning the ire of teachers, parents and politicians alike....
Programs That Are Predatory: It’s Not Just at For-Profit Colleges
New York Times  - Jan 13, 2017
For the past eight years, the Obama administration has waged a battle against predatory for-profit colleges. On Monday, the Department of Education released a final salvo — a list of hundreds of college programs that load students with more debt than they can afford to repay....
Is a college degree the new high school diploma?
Washington Post  - Jan 16, 2017
For decades, it’s been the best marketing pitch for college and university admissions offices: the so-called “degree premium.”...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Paying Attention to College Prices
The College Solution Blog - Jan 11, 2017
College price tags are meaningless. Most students do not pay full tuition price for college. That said, paying attention to college prices can be extremely helpful in making college more affordable. Here’s a simple example:..
8 Things Juniors Should Be Doing Right Now to Get into Their Dream College
Her Campus - Jan 11, 2017
As an aspiring collegiette, getting admitted into the college of your dreams is probably one of the highest priorities (if not the highest) in your life right now...
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Colleges Should Abandon Early Admissions
Inside Higher Ed - Jan 12, 2017
Many colleges and universities loudly and proudly proclaim they are committed to admitting more low-income students. The institutions are sincere, but despite the best of intentions, many of their policies act as barriers to keep most low-income students out, including those students with outstanding academic records...
How To Deal With Rejection From Your Dream School
University-Herald  - Jan 14, 2017
A lot of high school seniors spend their final years in high school preparing to enter their dream college. However, there is the hard fact that despite all the preparation, there is the possibility of being rejected. What would you do if you are one of those who experienced this rejection?...
College Rejection
Great Neck Record  - Jan 18, 2017
Heart racing, pits sweating, hands trembling, so much anticipation had been building up to this moment—I could barely open the email without misclicking. It wasn’t so much the school, but the bigger manifestation of early-decision acceptance...
Archives - Early

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Jan 19, 2017
Before Moving Forward, A Look at Where We’ve Been
The last couple of weeks have been filled with accolades and gratitude for all the Obamas have done to move the college access agenda forward in the United States—and with good reason. Even the most partisan of audiences can agree that the support the Obamas have given for the encouragement and expansion of college access .. More

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More People Over 60 Are Struggling To Pay Off Student Loans, Report Finds
NPR.org  - Jan 17, 2017
The vast majority are loans taken out by parents or grandparents to finance education opportunities for young people, with 73 percent of borrowers over 60 reporting that their student loan debt is owed "for a child's and/or grandchild's education. ...
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 re-gifted. It's time to think about gearing up for the college process with your high school junior! ...
College Admission 101: 5 Strategies For Parents To Survive The Admission Process
University-Herald  - Jan 12, 2017
The college admission process is a very stressful time for everyone, especially for parents who are torn between letting their college-age children be independent and make decisions for themselves ...
Too rich to get college aid for your kid, but too poor to pay out of pocket? Here's what to do.
The Christian Science Monitor  - Jan 12, 2017
All parents want to pay for their kids’ college, but many families find themselves too wealthy to qualify for financial aid, yet too strapped to pay out of pocket....
Archives - Parents
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Learn to Identify Tone for SAT Reading, Writing Success
US News  - Jan 16, 2017
Tone, or an author's attitude toward his or her subject, is an important element of communication. Scientific texts are expected to be objective, while memoirs, opinion pieces, persuasive essays and the like may employ a wide range of tones...
Use PSAT scores to gauge study options
Camarillo Acorn  - Jan 13, 2017
Students who took the PSAT in October should have their results by now. The test score report can help juniors create a plan for additional testing. Students with strong PSAT scores can relax a bit, knowing that they should be in good shape for the SAT...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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How Your Income And Assets Impact How Much Financial Aid You Get
Forbes - Jan 12, 2017
For families applying for federal student aid for the upcoming fall school year, you’ll want to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible as some schools give out need-based funds on a first-come, first-served basis. .....
FAFSA? CSS profile? Here's financial aid help
NJ.com - Jan 12, 2017
Q. What's the difference between the FAFSA and the CSS Profile? - Planning for college A. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, and the CSS Profile are both used to determine financial aid for college students. .....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

Career education with the future employer in mind
Herald Net  - Jan 10, 2017
A corporate-led movement is afoot in the U.S. to remake old-school vocational education into new-school “career education” that includes earning valuable college credits while still in high school. . ..
5 Things to Know About New Data on Career Training Programs
American Progress  - Jan 13, 2017
More than 2,000 career training programs will need to improve their graduates’ earnings or cut their students’ debt levels if they want to maintain access to federal financial aid, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s Monday data release about their expectations . ..
Vocational Education Gets Belated Respect
EdWeek (registration required)  - Jan 16, 2017
Rising student debt, coupled with a high underemployment rate, are finally forcing the millennial generation to get real about their expectations . ..
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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Student Athletes

So you think your kid is a superstar…
Tribune News-Service - Jan 16, 2017
What parent or child doesn’t dream of that photograph on “Signing Day” when that big athletic scholarship for their child is real. After all those practices and games in the freezing cold and the blaring heat, after all that carpooling, the snack assignments and the cheering as well as the consolation; ...
Recruiting Column: The facts on recruiting/highlight videos
USA Today HSS - Jan 18, 2017
That’s right, you don’t need to spend a fortune on your recruiting video. In fact, a 10 minute video with the “Rocky” theme song playing in the background might do more harm than good. Keep in mind, college coaches aren’t looking to watch a commercial, your recruiting video is merely a way for a coach to form an initial impression of your abilities ...
Archives - Athletic Recruitment
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R.I. students to get free tuition for 2 years at state colleges, under Raimondo budget + poll
Providence Journal - Jan 15, 2017
Plan would be among first in the nation to provide free tuition to students attending any of its public colleges, regardless of family income ....
Cuomo wants to grow Early College programs, add Master Teachers
Glens Falls Post-Star (blog) - Jan 13, 2017
I’m trying to catch up on all the proposals Gov. Andrew Cuomo rolled out as part of his State of the State road show. I think we topped off at 38 initiatives. Maybe 37?...
New Jersey grad rates continue to rise
North Jersey - Jan 13, 2017
New Jersey’s graduation rate continued to grow last year, reaching 90.1 percent despite concerns that new and tougher graduation standards would instead lead fewer students to graduate.. ..
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Teens Health

Mental Health Treatment Associated With Fewer Depressive Symptoms for Teens
Teen Vogue - Jan 18, 2017
Just like physical health, our mental well-being requires attention, but according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), only 41% of adults who need mental health care access it. Even worse, about half of all chronic mental illnesses develop by the time we're 14, but NAMI notes it takes a long time....
In teens, strong friendships may mitigate depression associated with excessive video gaming
Science Daily - Jan 12, 2017
Teenagers who play video games for more than four hours a day suffer from symptoms of depression, but frequent use of social media and instant messaging may mitigate symptoms of game addiction in these teens, new research suggests.....
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