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June 01, 2011

Report Shows Low-Income Students Pay High Share of College

A new report released today by the Education Trust says that financial-aid policies too often benefit affluent students who would go to college anyway, rather than helping those with the greatest financial need. And when it comes to the bottom line of paying for college (after grants and aid), low-i...

May 19, 2011

Counselors Have Negative Opinion of U.S. News College List

They don't like how the list is generated, the impact the rankings have on how schools operate, or find it useful in narrowing the college search, but they know they have to deal with it.

May 04, 2011

New List Out of Colleges With Space Remaining in the Fall

Still looking for a college this fall? High school seniors continuing to search may want to check out the 2011 Space Availability Survey released this morning by the National Association of College Admissions Counseling This survey's results are compiled into a searchable list of 279 public and pri...

May 02, 2011

Decision Over: Colleges Review Yield; Seniors Reflect

As of yesterday, many high school seniors were likely breathing a sigh of relief. After months of visiting campuses, comparing aid packages, and weighing options, May 1 was the deadline when most students finally had to decide where they will be headed to college in the fall. Next, colleges and un...

April 29, 2011

Early Lessons in Saving Improve Odds for College Success

I'm a big believer in teaching kids about money. Giving an allowance to pay for gadgets, buy gifts, donate to charity, and establish good savings habits makes sense. Turns out, those money lessons may up kids' chances of finishing college, too. New research says that children with savings accounts...

April 22, 2011

College-Admissions Officers Check Out Students on Facebook

Attention high school students: Facebook isn't just for chatting with your friends. College-admissions officers are watching you. Be careful about what you post, but think of ways your online profile can work for you. Seventy percent of college-admissions officers said Facebook profiles are a mediu...

April 20, 2011

Waiting, Waiting ... And Then Wait-Listed: Now What?

Just when high school seniors thought the waiting was over—in the form of an acceptance (or rejection) letter from their dream school—many got word of being wait-listed. Do you move on with the sure thing or hold out hope? It's a conundrum. Wait lists are growing in popularity as studen...

April 12, 2011

Some Colleges Tinker With Option of Deferred Acceptance

When it comes to college admissions, students can be accepted, rejected, or wait-listed. Now a small, but increasing number of selective schools are trying a new strategy: offering deferred admission after a student goes to another institution for a year and maintains a certain grade point average. ...

April 07, 2011

Selective Colleges Even More Selective This year

This has been a particularly tough year for students trying to get into the most selective colleges.

March 29, 2011

Low-Income Students Don't Gain Ground at High-End Colleges

Low-income students make up just 15 percent of students at elite private colleges and flagship public universities—a number that has remained flat in recent years, despite efforts to boost the socioeconomic diversity of students, according to new findings. The Chronicle of Higher Education. l...

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