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The Department Of Education Cuts Off A Student Loan Watchdog
NPR.org - Sep 20, 2017
The letters "CFPB" may not be much more than alphabet soup to your average student loan borrower. They stand for Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a new-ish federal agency — created in 2011 .....
There is no constitutional right to a high-quality public education. Should there be?
Washington Post - Sep 17, 2017
In 2004, Congress declared Sept. 17 as Constitution Day, a federal holiday that requires all schools that receive federal funding to offer some type of “educational program” on the Constitution, though it doesn’t define what that should be (and it doesn’t have consequences for those that don’t). .....
What DACA's End Could Mean for Colleges
The Atlantic - Sep 18, 2017
Colleges have recently been inserting themselves into the conversation on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama-era program shielding undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S....
Why One Educator Says It's Time To Rethink Higher Education
NPR.org - Sep 18, 2017
"What would it mean to redesign higher education for the intellectual space travel students need to thrive in the world we live in now?".....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

3 Tips for Surviving College Application Season
US News - Sep 19, 2017
For prospective college students who want to start school next fall, the application clock is ticking. Many early decision and early action applications are due in November, and the regular admissions deadline is often in January....
College Junior year is critical — here are 5 things to do today to get into college next year
Business Insider - Sep 19, 2017
It’s back to school time. For all those parents of juniors in high school, this will be one of the busiest and most important school years for your child. This is the year of lots of standardized tests, including the PSAT and a chance at a National Merit Scholarship...
College Admissions: 5 Majors You Need to Choose Before You Apply
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Sep 18, 2017
While many students will apply to colleges with a major designation of “undecided”, there are pitfalls to doing that. In larger universities, it can be VERY difficult to switch from the colleges of arts and sciences into the business or engineering college. Other times, a major like nursing or physical therapy may be filled and not have openings after freshman year.....
College Admissions: Understanding the Common Application
VOA - Sep 16, 2017
What do all of the over 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States have in common? The answer is not a lot.....
College-Search Quandary? There’s an App for That
Wall Street Journal - Sep 19, 2017
The college search can be an ordeal fraught with anxiety and confusion, and dozens of free websites and mobile apps are vying to help students find the college of their dreams.....
Building College List Like Buying A House
Forbes - Sep 19, 2017
Buying a new house always starts in your imagination. A bigger yard for the kids to play in. A brighter kitchen. Another full bathroom. A quieter neighborhood. More storage space (always more storage space). We build the ideal house....
How colleges aggressively use big data to target potential students
MarketWatch - Sep 19, 2017
When Hayley Tessler signed up to take the SAT a couple of years ago, she almost immediately started receiving about five or six emails and postcards a week from prospective colleges. ..
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NACAC Conference

A Look in the Mirror
Inside Higher Ed - Sep 15, 2017
BOSTON -- College admissions officers and high school guidance counselors regularly engage in racism, keynote speaker Shaun R. Harper told thousands of attendees at the National Association for College Admission Counseling's national conference Thursday, imploring them to change their ways., ...
Eight things I learned at NACAC 2017
Admission Intel Blog - Sep 16, 2017
NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) had its annual conference in Boston this September, and it was chock full of educational sessions, networking opportunities, speeches by respected thought leaders, and four full days of morning, ...
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The Early Decision Racket, Redux
The Atlantic - Sep 17, 2017
To take your mind off politics, at least politics of the national-election variety, let’s take a look back on some of the oddities of the American college-admissions process, for which millions of families are gearing up right now.....
The risk of early decision
The Panther - Sep 17, 2017
In order for me to write this column, I had to think about 17-year-old me. Thankfully, I am a completely different person than I was my senior year of high school.....
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Sep 21, 2017
Helping Your Seniors Frozen With College Fear
Most schools have only been in session for about a month, but many high school seniors are already experiencing Hump Day in their college applications. .... More

School counseling needs a makeover
Houstonian Online - Sep 19, 2017
Therapy seems to be a taboo subject. From a young age, we’ve been told bottling up our emotions is destructive. Despite the fact we’re encouraged to open up about our feelings, it’s still considered a weakness to be vulnerable. ....
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Parents behaving badly …
Tribune News-Service - Sep 20, 2017
It’s a tough tightrope out there, and well-intentioned parents are often hurting more than they’re helping. Parents behaving badly – it happens all the time in the college admissions process. Striving for balance is key....
Why You're Spending $11,000 Too Much Applying to Colleges
Forbes - Sep 17, 2017
The cost of college has risen 1,000%+ over the past 30 years. So why are families paying even more on all the prep work to apply to and get into college? Follow these steps to save up to $11,000 prepping to pay for college.p....
Share This College To-Do List With Your High School Junior
TeenLife Blog - Sep 7, 2017
The minute college-bound students begin their junior year of high school, they should hit the ground running. Junior year is the all-important year for college admissions. It’s when students begin to get serious about college choice, concentrate on test prep....
Archives - Parents
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College Connection: Why, when should students take PSAT exam?
MyCentralJersey - Sep 14, 2017
High school students throughout the country will soon be facing the PSAT exam, but many don’t understand its significance. Students and parents often believe the “P” in PSAT stands for practice and that the test is merely a trial run for the all-important SAT exam. ...
3 Ways to Tackle the ACT a Second Time
US News - Sep 18, 2017
Later this week, registration closes for the Oct. 28 ACT exam, a college admissions test that assesses students on reading, English, math and science and also includes an optional writing section. ...
Master Common Geometry for Competitive SAT Math Score
US News - Sep 18, 2017
High schoolers should review geometry concepts and basic shapes to successfully answer SAT math questions.. ...
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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What You Need to Know About Filing the FAFSA for 2018
Consumer Reports - Sep 18, 2017
If you’re planning to go to college next fall, the time to apply for financial aid is fast approaching. You'll want to move quickly because there are changes to the process that could make competition stiffer for financial aid funds. ..
Want to Graduate With Minimal Debt? Choose the Right College
Nerdwallet - Sep 20, 2017
The average amount of student loan debt that undergraduates have at graduation varies dramatically by college and state, according to a report about the class of 2016 released Wednesday by The Institute for College Access and Success. ..
10 Things You Need to Know About College Net Price Calculators
The College Solution Blog - Sep 19, 2017
College financial-aid application season is coming soon. That means lots of angst, lots of questions—and lots of forms to fill out. As a minimum, most families should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or Fafsa. ..
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

Why California is investing over $200 million in vocational education
CNBC - Sep 15, 2017
More Americans are going to college than ever before. The most recent census found that 33.4 percent of adults over the age of 24 have earned a bachelor's degree or more. Kurt Bauman, Chief of the Education and Social Stratification Branch for the U.S. Census . ..
Achieve a Rewarding Career Without a Bachelor's Degree
US News - Sep 15, 2017
For many high school graduates, a bachelor's degree is not the only – or even best – track to a rewarding career. Some of the occupations with the strongest prospects these days are "middle-skill" jobs, requiring more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree. ..
Archives - Career and Tecnical Education
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Maine universities plan to pay students to teach peers how to avoid debt
Bangor Daily News - Sep 15, 2017
In hopes of seeing fewer students bury themselves under mountains of debt during their push to earn a degree, the University of Maine System wants fellow students to spread the word about how to make sound financial choices....
Why so many Upstate NY students leave college without degrees, unable to pay off loans
New York Upstate - Sep 20, 2017
Thousands of students across Upstate New York are leaving college without a degree -- and unable to pay back their student loans....
Community College System Says It’s Moving Swiftly After Audit Raises Concerns
New Hampshire Public Radio - Sep 20, 2017
Earlier this summer, a performance audit carried out by state regulators identified 29 areas of concern in how the Community College System of New Hampshire manages its financial, budgeting and reporting processes....
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Teens Health

Teen Wants A Tattoo? Pediatricians Say Here's How To Do It Safely
NPR.org - Sep 20, 2017
Ariana Marciano is adding to her collection of about 75 tattoos at Body Electric, a tattoo and piercing studio on trendy Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. "I think they're so cool and I think they're visually really nice to look at," she says. . ..
Teen tattoos - an issue raising concern
News-Medical - Sep 19, 2017
According to a clinical report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, “voluntary body modifications” or tattoos, scarifications and piercings by teenagers is a rising concern. These can lead to serious complications they warn and also discuss the implications...
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