Counselors' inadequate preparation can hinder college access for first-generation, minority students, an expert in admissions counseling writes.


Good news in the short run for Pell Grant recipients. Congress passed a continuing resolution Tuesday that contains $5.7 billion to retire the current Pell Grant shortfall and keeps the maximum award at the current level. The action is just a temporary solution for the program that helps lower-income students go to college, as it provides funding through March 4, 2011. With the change in leadership in the House next year, future funding for the program is unknown. As I wrote about yesterday, more students than ever are relying on aid to fund higher education. About 65 percent of ...


Getting ready for college academically is one challenge. The other part of the access equation is money. How much you pay varies widely depending on what type of institution you attend, according to a U.S. Department of Education report released Monday by the National Center for Educational Statistics at the Institute of Education Sciences. Here's the total average price of full-time attendance (tuition and living expenses) for undergraduates as chronicled by What is the Price of College? Total, Net and Out-of-Pocket Prices in 2007-2008: &mdash$12,600 at public, two-year schools &mdash$18,900 at public, four-year colleges &mdash$28,600...


Lunch rooms, hallways and Facebook are abuzz with news of who got in where as colleges begin to send out early decision and early action notices this month. Perhaps I'm hearing about it more because I have a high school student or is this the new pathway into college? First, to clarify the terms: Early decision is when a student applies to his first-choice school and, if accepted, the decision is binding. Early action is similar to early decision, but the student doesn't have to commit immediately. She can still apply to other colleges and wait to make a decision ...


The compromise tax bill finally hammered out in Washington this week and approved by the U.S. House of Representatives just after midnight Thursday has some holiday goodies in it for college students and families. The Senate approved the measure earlier, and it now awaits President Obama's signature. In the compromise is an extension of a tuition tax credit and a student-loan interest deduction—both worth up to $2,500. It also provides an allowance of up to $2,000 in contributions per beneficiary to a tax-preferred Coverdell education savings account for qualified education expenses. You can also deduct up to...


Experts call for better alignment of high school and college standards, and more emphasis on math in the senior year of high school, among other things.


Yes, it's hard work. Yes, it costs a lot of money. But, getting a college degree was worth it, according to 89 percent of young alumni polled in a survey released today. Recent college graduates ages 25-39 were asked about their undergraduate experience in a national survey early this year conducted by the Winston Group on behalf of the American Council on Education. When it comes to their individual schools, nearly 80 percent of those surveyed said they would attend the same institution &mdash with alumni slightly more likely to say this if they attended a four-year institution than a ...


The saga continues over the stinging investigation of for-profit colleges, with revisions issued this week and, now, calls for full release of the videotapes. The report from the Government Accounting Office in July was a scathing portrayal of 15 for-profit colleges making deceptive or otherwise questionable statements to undercover applicants. The examples of reps inflating job prospects and aggressive recruiting of vulnerable students fueled the outcry for reform at U.S. Senate education hearings in September and August. But under pressure from for-profit institutions, the GAO issued revised portions of its report this week, weakening some of the examples. The ...


A new report released today by the Southern Regional Education Board shows that the South needs to improve college-enrollment and -completion rates if it going to keep up with workforce demands. Measuring Success by Degrees gives a snapshot of educational attainment in 16 Southern states that is not too far off the mark for the rest of the country. College-graduation rates for first-time, full-time freshmen entering in 2002 and finishing in 2008 at four-year universities in the South was 53 percent, compared with 55 percent nationwide. At two-year institutions, the completion rate was 17 percent in the SREB states and ...


While the push for college completion often focuses on two- or four-year degrees, a new report suggests that higher education needs to do a better job of catering to students who want to pursue a certificate program if the country is going to meet its postsecondary graduation-rate goals. The report, Certificates Count: An Analysis of Sub-Baccalaureate Certificates, released today by Complete College America provides profiles of certificate production for all 50 states and policy recommendations to improve access and completion. Certificate programs are practical, but often underutilized, according to the report.They are valuable to building a skilled workforce and ...


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