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Big Picture

Why Colleges Are Borrowing Billions
The Atlantic - Oct 10, 2017
Higher-education institutions are overspending on renovations and new facilities that they hope will boost enrollment, but experts say this plan could lead to financial crisis.....
College Costs: Some Economic Lessons To Minimize Debt
Forbes - Oct 6, 2017
College is possible without horrifically burdensome student loans. Forethought and good decisions are necessary — either that or substantial wealth. I recently picked up some tips from credit union leaders who make student loans...
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Colleges' Admission Worries Can Benefit Applicants
Forbes - Oct 11, 2017
With the college admission spotlight almost exclusively focused on the field's heavy hitters (we know who they are), it can seem that college admission is nearly impossible for anyone. ...
What Vanderbilt, Northwestern and other elite colleges don’t say about acceptance rates
Washington Post - Oct 9, 2017
It’s that time of year when high school seniors are finalizing their college list, and in some cases, putting the finishing touches on their applications...
Pet peeves: College admissions officers reveal what bugs them most
Tribune News-Service - Oct 9, 2017
Imagine yourself on the other side of the college admissions desk. It’s not so glorious, apparently, or at least you need to be thick-skinned and good-natured....
College Admissions: Looking Beyond Big Name Schools
VOA - Oct 9, 2017
When students around the world think about higher education in the United States, a few images are likely to appear in their minds....
How to survive the college application season
Houston Chronicle - Oct 5, 2017
Last year's high school seniors have graduated and many have already completed college matriculation, which means it's time for the Class of 2018 to begin the annual rite of passage that is applying for admission.....
COLLEGE COUNSELOR: Using College Websites
Gazettes - Oct 8, 2017
College websites can be frustrating. Many are designed by professional web and marketing firms using unusual fonts or straw-like shapes that morph into a picture about the latest theatre arts production. Such flash might prove more a distraction than an aid when seeking necessary information.....
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7 Tips For Writing a Killer College Essay
Huffington Post - Oct 5, 2017
I can honestly say that I’ve never been a helicopter mom. I’ve never stayed up later than my kid to put a few “finishing touches” on her science project. I don’t schedule meetings with teachers or principals or send carefully worded “concerned” texts to mothers ....
Will My College Essay Get Me Into the Ivy League?
Huffington Post - Oct 5, 2017
We’ve already covered most of the factors that contribute to a successful Ivy League college application in our ongoing series, “Who Gets into Harvard”. The final factor, and ideally the place where all of the rest comes together,...
College Connection: Stand out on college applications with personalized essay
MyCentralJersey - Oct 5, 2017
Most high school students who are applying to colleges start out by completing The Common Application that is accepted by almost 700 colleges. ....
Archives - Essays
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Students with Disabilities

College Websites Must Accommodate Disabled, Lawsuits Say
New York Times - Oct 11, 2017
The lawsuits came one after the other, against Fordham, Manhattan College, Long Island University and other area colleges and universities. In all, eight suits have been filed in federal court in Manhattan over the past two weeks, most recently against Hofstra University on Long Island on Oct. 4. In each case...
Students with disabilities find path for success at Saint Mary’s
East Nay Times - Oct 10, 2017
Through hard work, determination, and some help and encouragement, Kindlelon “Kobie” Respicio says that people with learning and physical disabilities can be high achievers in life....
Archives - Students with Disabilities

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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Oct 12, 2017
“Why Isn’t the Transcript There?”
There are very few things in life that make high school counselors wish they were still changing schedules, but this is one of them. “Counseling, how can I help you?” .... More

4 More Ways K–12 Counselors Can Better Reach Their Students by Going Digital
Ed Tech Magazine - Oct 4, 2017
Technology and social media have taken a great leap in the counseling world. Now you can receive therapy through text and video chat, track your mental health through apps and participate in group sessions online....
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Save for retirement before the kids' college fund
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Oct 9, 2017
Every year, investment firm T. Rowe Price does an annual survey called “Parents, Kids and Money.” This year, the report offered some disturbing news: Parents of all boys were more likely to be saving for college than parents of all girls....
EDITORIAL: Parents must do homework of their own when making college plans for their kids
York Dispatch - Oct 10, 2017
If you’re a parent hoping to send a child to college, these are uneasy times. And it all comes down to one petrifying word — money. Everyone knows it can cost a small fortune to send a child to college. Obtaining a bachelor’s degree at a top university can set you back $250,000 — maybe more....
Six Ways to Cut College Costs – Live Presentation!
The College Solution Blog - Oct 9, 2017
Have you been procrastinating about seriously exploring your child’s college options? If so, I’d like to give you a supportive nudge. I’m inviting you to a webinar this week where you will discover....
Archives - Parents
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Navigating the college testing terrain
Washington Post  - Oct 10, 2017
While fewer teens each year are taking the driver’s license test, another rite-of-passage exam’s popularity is climbing. This week more than 3.5 million high school sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT ...
The College Corner: Get Ready For The PSAT, Again
Falmouth Enterprise  - Oct 6, 2017
Now that we are back at school, some students are starting the college exploration process in earnest. The selection of which college to attend is one of the most important choices that they will make as a young adult. ...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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High school students are missing out on $2 billion in free financial aid
Quartz  - Oct 9, 2017
It’s every parent’s delirious hallucination: free money for college, simply dropping into their laps. Yet not enough of them realize that fantasy can actually come true....
File the FAFSA Now for More Financial Aid in the 2018-19 School Year
Kiplinger  - Oct 9, 2017
The timeline for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA) changed last year. You can submit your application as early as October 1 (you no longer need to wait until January 1, as you did prior to last year). For the current FAFSA,...
5 Things You Need to Know About Financial Aid
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Oct 1, 2017
If you have a student applying to college this fall, you need to be filling out financial aid forms and filing them now. Many colleges require the CSS Profile, FAFSA or their own form when you submit your applications. Waiting will mean you miss out on important grants, ...
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

Texas Trade School Tries To Keep Up With Construction Demand
NPR.org - Oct 10, 2017
A new construction trade school is opening in Houston just weeks after flooding from Hurricane Harvey ravaged homes around the city. Students are learning skills that are in high demand. ..
Wanted: workers with actual skills
Mercury News - Oct 2, 2017
Last month, the consulting firm Education Strategy Group presented a 75-page report to the Montgomery County School Board. The report detailed how this 161,300-student school system, ..
Archives - Career and Technical Education
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Minuteman High to be featured on PBS ‘Job Centered Learning’
Wicked Local Holbrook - Oct 6, 2017
THE ISSUE: A program that gives financial incentives to students who transfer to a state university from a community college is expanding. THE IMPACT: While officials expect more students to participate....
Maine University Wants to Put School in Reach With $15M Plan
US News  - Oct 10, 2017
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials at the University of Southern Maine say they're rolling out a $15 million plan to help provide a four-year college education for disadvantaged students in the state....
Minuteman High to be featured on PBS ‘Job Centered Learning’
Lexington Minuteman  - Oct 9, 2017
Minuteman High School is one of three vocational technical high schools in Massachusetts featured on “Job Centered Learning,” an upcoming hour-long PBS television documentary about career and technical education by award-winning filmmaker Bob Gliner.....
Pa.'s budget mess further threatens higher-ed
Philly.com  - Oct 9, 2017
Among vast amounts of at-risk funding trapped in Pennsylvania’s inane budget impasse is money for in-state students at Temple, Pitt, Lincoln and Penn State.....
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Teen Dating

How to Seek Help If You're in an Abusive Relationship
Teen Vogue - Oct 11, 2017
If you’ve experienced any form of abuse, it’s common to feel lonely and uneasy around people you’re close to. On top of dealing with the physical effects of domestic violence, abuse victims often feel embarrassed, hopeless, anxious, and unable to trust ..
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