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Big Picture

Reality check: After four years of tough college prep, high school seniors grapple with gaps in financial aid
Hechinger Report - Apr 30, 2017
BOSTON — Every April, Match High School principal Hannah Larkin and the staff celebrate a few major college admission victories in the senior class. Much to their dismay, they also become bearers of bad news....
Under pressure to contain tuition, colleges scramble for other revenue
Washington Post - May 1, 2017
THORNDIKE, Maine — The complex of plastic-covered greenhouses just off Route 220 could belong to any rural American roadside farm stand....
Should Colleges Give Preference to Applicants From Wealthy Families?
Kiplinger - May 1, 2017
Q. I hear that admissions offices at some elite colleges favor the sons and daughters of rich families, in anticipation of large donations after enrollment. Do you think this is ethical?....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

College Advice For Seniors Still Looking In May
Forbes  - May 2, 2017
This week the National Association for College Admission Counseling (www.nacacnet.org) will release its annual list of colleges that still have space available for the fall. If you or someone you love does not yet have a college that meets the “head, heart and wallet” test ...
5 Questions to Ask Career Services
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - May 1, 2017
As the Class of 2017 prepares to graduate from college, many families are disappointed with job prospects. However, the problem really began 4 or 5 years earlier. Too often, high schoolers focus on a “big name”, sports team enthusiasm, the beauty of a campus, suite style dorm rooms, sushi bars or access to a city...
I graduated from Harvard and MIT — here are 7 things juniors can do now to get a leg up on college applications
Business Insider  - May 2, 2017
Last fall, I gave you my seven tips to ace a college application. One of my tips is the earlier you start, the better. And for all those juniors out there, that means starting on your application today....
I graduated from Harvard and MIT — here are 7 things juniors can do now to get a leg up on college applications
Her Campus  - May 1, 2017
While preparing for your freshman year, you may feel pressured to pick a field of study and stick with it for the next four years – but you shouldn’t. Unless you’re absolutely set on a specific major, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being undeclared when you enter college..
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The agony of indecision is over for seniors
Tribune News Service - May 2, 2017
D-day, or Decision Day, or what is formally known as National Decision Day, May 1, is finally in the rear-view mirror. Some high school seniors were accepted at their dream schools and put down their deposit before putting down their acceptance letters. ...
As Decision Day Looms, Students Struggle With College Choices
WGBH.org - OnCampus - Apr 30, 2017
Monday marks the decision deadline for many high school seniors deciding where to go to college. As students ponder their choices, worrying about details like average class sizes and the types of majors offered at different schools, ...
Financial aid is key to the final and often tough choice of colleges
EdSource - Apr 30, 2017
Decision day is finally here. The SAT exam and anxious cramming are past. Admissions application essays and financial aid forms were submitted months ago. And the happy acceptances and painful rejections from colleges and universities are in hand. ...
Four steps to figure out what College Decision Day means for your student loans
CNBC - May 1, 2017
Millions of high school graduates will finalize the biggest financial decision of their young lives Monday, if they haven't done so already: where to attend college. ...
For so long, teens have agonized over colleges. Now they must make their choice.
Washington Post - Apr 30, 2017
It was late April, but Molly Gibbs still wasn’t quite sure. “I think I’ll be okay, either way, with whatever school I go with,” Gibbs said. ...
For High School Seniors, College Decision Day Means Stress is Finally Over
NBC News - May 1, 2017
Last month, Julia Greene, a 17-year-old high school senior from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, was sitting on the edge of her seat, waiting for college acceptance or rejection letters....
Archives - Early/Defer/Waitlisted
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Campus Visits

How To Learn More During The College Tour
Forbes - May 3, 2017
It’s high season for college tours. As you meander around each campus, think about how to make the visit meaningful for you and your child. Every school has a scripted version of what they think you should know, but often you will find that the tours simply regurgitate the brochure.....
These Four Websites Can Help Round Out College Campus Visits
Forbes - Apr 28, 2017
It took 1.23 seconds for Google to deliver approximately 166,000,000 results for the search term "college tours," so you can imagine how much advice there is about the usefulness of visiting colleges during the research process. More and more, campus visits are promoted as being essential to students' and families' ....
Diversity Fly-in Programs Make Campus Visits Accessible
US News - May 1, 2017
College diversity programs that pay for high-achieving high school seniors – who are usually low-income, first-generation or students of color – to visit campus, give teens who can't afford to travel out of state for a college tour the opportunity to try the college experience. ....
Archives - Campus Visits and Interviews
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Students with Disabilities

The Path to Higher Education With an Intellectual Disability
The Atlantic - May 1, 2017
CLEMSON, South Carolina—Like many college students pestered by nosy relatives, Sydney Davis, a sophomore, is not exactly forthcoming when her boyfriend comes up in conversation. The couple has been together two years, Davis says with the exasperated tone of a young adult clearly trying to change the subject.....
Archives - Students with Disabilities

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - May 4, 2017
Improve College Readiness by Creating a Class
If you’re helping kids find ways to pay for college, there’s brand new data to help your efforts. A study spearheaded by The Common Application, in conjunction with researchers at University of Virginia, Harvard, and University of Pittsburgh... More

College Opportunity Reaches Higher? A New Report Says No— But...
Huffington Post - May 2, 2017
Spring is undoubtedly the best season in the life of a college counselor. It’s hard to beat the joy of a student who comes into your office with the news that they’ve been accepted by the college of their dreams....
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When Parents Need to Say No to a Teen’s College Choices
Cappex The College Solution Blog - Apr 26, 2017
If your teenager gets into his or her dream college and it isn’t a good financial fit, can you say no? Can you afford to not say no?...
Parents Are Putting Retirement At Risk To Fund Their Kids' College Educations
Forbes - Apr 27, 2017
When it comes to student loans, we often think of them as a burden on new college grads. However, the number of older Americans with student loan debt is growing. According to a report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)..
Recruiting Tip: College coaches might be evaluating parents also
USA Today HSS - May 1, 2017
An athletic scholarship is a huge investment for a university to make in a high school athlete and college coaches take the responsibility of making scholarship offers very seriously....
Archives - Parents
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4 Things We Don't Know About AP Tests
NPR.org  - May 1, 2017
This week and next is a national rite of passage for stressed-out overachievers everywhere. Nearly 3 million high school students at 22,000 high schools will be sitting down to take their Advanced Placement exams.,...
College-Bound Students Shouldn’t Always Test Out of Classes
US News  - May 1, 2017
For many high school students, using Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate credits to skip 100-level college courses and move straight to the heart of major-specific studies is a no-brainer. After all, why take a class in college that you have already passed in high school,...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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Why your financial aid award is smaller than you expected
CNN.com/Money  - Apr 27, 2017
Parents across the country are taking a look at their child's financial aid award package and asking: "Is that all?" ,...
How to decipher financial aid offers from colleges
Daily Herald  - Apr 30, 2017
It's closing in on the end of April, and that means for this year's high school seniors planning to attend college next fall it is time to make their final decision by the traditional May 1 deposit date. For those who didn't commit early to a campus, the acceptances (or rejections) ,...
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

The Future of Jobs and Jobs Training
Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project - May 3, 2017
As robots, automation and artificial intelligence perform more tasks and there is massive disruption of jobs, experts say a wider array of education and skills-building programs will be created to meet new demands. ..
When a College Degree Isn't Enough
The Atlantic - Apr 25, 2017
SEATTLE—Last June, Martin Chibwe, a computer-science major, graduated from Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington, a liberal-arts campus with a hipster ethos that shuns letter grades and urges exploration ..
Archives - Career & Technical Education
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Free Tuition in New York Adds Powerful Pull at Decision Deadline
New York Times - Apr 30, 2017
PURCHASE, N.Y. — For its recent accepted-students day, Purchase College, part of the State University of New York, had the usual array of inducements aimed at persuading admitted high school seniors to attend, including tours, sample classes and a jazz trio serenading families during lunch. ..
Formatting error shouldn’t jeopardize college education for low-income students
Bangor Daily News - Apr 27, 2017
Vindictive. That’s the only way to describe an absurd Department of Education decision to reject dozens of schools’ Upward Bound funding applications because of small formatting errors.. ..
Vermont ranks fifth best for public education
Vermont Business - Apr 27, 2017
Vermont Business Magazine SmartAsset, a national data aggregator, has ranked Vermont the fifth best for K-12 education, making an overall grade of "A-," largely based on the state spending more per child than any other state. Nationwide, the average public school revenue per student enrolled during the 2014-2015 school year was $12,578.. ..
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Teen Depression

’13 Reasons Why’ is provocative and devastating. Is it also dangerous?
PBS Newshour - May 2, 2017
Netflix’s new drama “13 Reasons Why” centers on a teenage girl’s suicide. And although the show may bring awareness to mental health issues, some worry the depiction strays from entertainment to pose a threat to impressionable students. William Brangham explores the controversy with Dr. Christina Conolly of Maryland’s Montgomery County Public Schools and Variety’s Sonia Saraiya. ...
Educators and school psychologists raise alarms about ‘13 Reasons Why’
Washington Post - May 2, 2017
Educators and school mental health professionals across the country are warning parents about the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” saying the show’s graphic depiction of a teenager’s suicide ...
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