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OPINION: Is college worth it? Students can learn to calculate the payoff
Hechinger Report - Dec 27, 2017
Going to college pays off, on average. But to maximize the chance that a college education offers a satisfactory return, students need to think like investors...
Here’s how Washington could shape higher education in 2018
Washington Post - Dec 29, 2017
The year ahead could usher in significant changes in the federal government’s role in higher education. Events set in motion in 2017 will loom large, though resolutions may be years in the making. Here are a few things worth watching in the coming months:..
Big Data's Influence On College Admission Is Growing
Forbes - Dec 27, 2017
A recent tweet from Big Brother, er, Netflix, gave many subscribers pause. Whatever and however we watch the service, we seldom realize that "they" are watching us as well..
How much does a college matter in getting a student to commencement?
Washington Post - Dec 29, 2017
In a Washington Post article examining the admissions process at the University of Maryland, the reporter, Nick Anderson, mentioned that instead of rejecting some applicants, U-Md. defers them to the spring semester to “fill slots on campus that open up midyear.” ..
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Increase Your College Chances With this Admissions Secret
TeenLife Blog - Jan 3, 2018
Many college experts offer advice on how to get into college. They recommend stellar standardized test scores, a killer college essay, a high GPA, and strong extracurriculars. While all those application components are important....
Final College Admission To Do’s for High School Seniors January-June 2018
Huffington Post - Jan 2, 2018
2018 is “the beginning of the end” of your high school career. Can you believe it? So you can feel on top of what you need to do for college admissions January through June, here is a month-by-month list....
Think about your college timeline in the new year
Tribune News Service - Jan 2, 2018
New Year’s is a time for resolutions and reorganization. If you’re the parent of a high school freshman or sophomore, or particularly if you’re the parent of a junior, now is the time to understand and start implementing the college timeline. ...
A list of tools for college-bound students
Statesman Journal - Dec 21, 2017
All things higher education: A selection of website tools that can be helpful for college-bound students. www.CollegeBoard.org This a nation organization made up of thousands of educational institutions to help families with basic college readiness support....
3 tips for building the perfect college application, from a CEO who went to Harvard for free
CNBC - Dec 21, 2017
Right now, thousands of students around the world are painstakingly perfecting their college applications. Writing a flawless application may seem like an impossible task, ..
Create A College Criteria Spreadsheet
CapeNews - Dec 29, 2017
Over the past four years, I have discussed many considerations for evaluating and selecting a college. For the next two weeks, I will focus on the top 10 factors that are important to me and I will arrange them in order of importance. ..
Approaching New Year's and not yet into college?
MyCentralJersey - Dec 28, 2017
If you’re a high school senior, with hopes of attending a great college in the fall, all is not lost if you have not yet applied to, or gotten accepted to, your dream college. ..
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How to Deal with Early Decision News, Good or Bad
Her Campus - Dec 21, 2017
If you’re applying to schools early, you’re likely to be feeling anxious about recent or upcoming deadlines, as well as the prospect of upcoming acceptance or deferral letters. First of all, congratulate yourself! You’re dealing with the college process at the speed of light...
10 tips for dealing with the disappointment of deferral
Tribune News Service - Dec 25, 2017
While we hope it’s been a very merry Christmas for all, many high school seniors are struggling since Early Decision and Single Choice Early Action decisions have been released. ...
Strategies For Dealing With Early Decision Deferrals
Forbes - Dec 19, 2017
You had your heart set on that one amazing college, that one stellar university, and you applied Early Decision or Early Action. It's a great chance to get noticed in a smaller pool than the one that'll overflow in Regular Decision..
Archives - Early/Defer/Waitlisted
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The 5-Minute Rule for College Essay Examples
Express Observer  - Dec 26, 2017
The Benefits of College Essay Examples. Our crew of academic writers will be in a position to assist you with entrance composition entry documents on the web of 500 phrases...
Archives - Essays
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Campus Visits and Interviews

The Futility of College Interviews
The Atlantic  - Dec 29, 2017
They’re a stressful and often irrelevant component of the application process. Is it time to do away with them?. . ....
Are college visits really worth it?
YourGV.com  - Jan 3, 2018
QUESTION: Our 17-year-old daughter wants to begin visiting colleges. She’s a high-school junior this year, and this is when the college visitations begin. We’re feeling like the Grinches Who Stole College Visitations ...
Archives - Campus Visits and Interviews
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Students with Disabilities

Dyslexia: Programs help people read at any age
The Daily Courier - Dec 21, 2017
At age 34, Jonathan Ogden is finally learning to read. Growing up mostly in Prescott Valley, Ogden dropped out of school midway through seventh grade, frustrated and angry with himself for not being able to learn like most his peers.t..

Archives - Students with Disabilities
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Jan 4, 2018
Higher Ed is “Out” for 2017? Let’s Hope So
Many people tried to avoid the usual “Year in Review” columns for 2017, in part because politics seemed to color every aspect of our society, and people were hoping the holiday break would give them—well, a break. ... More

10 Winter Break Tips For High School Seniors From College Counselor Lisa Micele
WBUR.org - Here & Now - Dec 26, 2017
Winter break is when many high school seniors are rushing to finish their college applications. Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson gets some tips .....
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Should you hire a private counselor to navigate college maze?
Democrat and Chronicle - Dec 29, 2017
Connor Alaimo has a big decision to make. The high school senior is weighing several offers from colleges that are competing for him with offers of scholarships......
How to have a proper parental fight over college costs
USA Today - Dec 29, 2017
As teens submit college applications and weigh different post-graduation paths, their parents face tough decisions, too. Do they: Help pay tuition, even if it means dipping into retirement savings? Take out parent loans, as a growing number of people do?.....
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College Admissions: Searching for Financial Support
VOA - Dec 30, 2017
Higher education in the United States has never been more costly. The College Board is an independent organization that supports the growth of higher education....
5 Smart Tips for Decoding Your Financial Aid Award Letter
Student Loan Hero - Dec 22, 2017
If you’re like most students, financial aid plays a big part in deciding where to go to college. According to The College Board, undergraduate students received an average of $14,460 in financial aid in the 2015-2016 school year.....
College Corner: How can students earn merit money for school?
Davis Enterprise - Jan 8, 2018
With financial aid applications swinging into full gear, I thought I would provide a primer on merit money to make sure everyone is aware of opportunities to make college more affordable......
Tips for Winning College Scholarships
Wheeling Intelligencer - Dec 28, 2017
College is a significant investment and millions of families each year face the question of how to pay for it. One way students can position themselves for success is by seeking out various forms of financial assistance.....
10 Great Colleges That Won't Make Students Take Loans
Kiplinger - Dec 21, 2017
The schools on our list of best college values have earned high grades for generous financial aid awards, which reduce the amount students must borrow to pay the bills. But some schools go even further, eliminating loans from their financial aid packages....
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

‘Career ready’ out of high school? Why the nation needs to let go of that myth
The Associated Press - Jan 1, 2018
Unlike old-fashioned vocational education, high school-level career and technical education doesn’t really prepare people for jobs directly after high school. While the stated end goal of K-12 education in America is for students ...
Want to make college more affordable? Start by reforming the accreditation system
CNN - Dec 27, 2017
(CNN)For my generation, college isn't what it used to be. On average, millennials are paying more than double what our parents did for tuition and fees, even accounting for inflation....
Archives - Career and Technical Education
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Mass. state colleges are trying to solve a math problem
Boston Globe - Dec 27, 2017
To help students like Hale, Massachusetts is embarking on its most ambitious effort yet to shake up how community colleges and four-year state universities teach math by relying less on standardized tests,. ..
Mass. state colleges are trying to solve a math problem
Washington Post - Dec 26, 2017
Like an attorney arguing a case, Adrian Rodriguez pitched the applicant to fellow admissions officers seated this month as an internal court of gatekeepers for the University of Maryland...
Pa. public colleges could double scholarships they give out, up to $50M more this year alone. What's it mean for families?
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Jan 1, 2018
Make no mistake: An extra $50 million or so in scholarships every year could help plenty of state university students in Pennsylvania pay their college bills...
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Teenagers, Stop Asking for Nude Photos
Boston Globe - Jan 2, 2018
Teenagers are drafted into a sexual culture that rests on a harmful premise: On the heterosexual field, boys typically play offense and girls play defense.. ..
In Iowa, ‘sexting’ could lead to felony charge
KCRG - Dec 21, 2017
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- When it comes to teens “sexting” some of the newest data out there suggests it isn’t only common, it may be likely that teens are sending sexually explicit pictures and messages to one another... ..
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