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December 22, 2011

Community Colleges Enrollment Drops, Pell Grants Increase

After four years of continuous growth at community colleges, new numbers out this week show enrollment has dropped slightly this fall. The American Association of Community Colleges and the National Student Clearinghouse report an enrollment decrease of 1 percent from fall 2010 to this fall. Still,...

December 21, 2011

Confusion Over Net-Price College Costs May Deter Students

It's true that college is expensive. But with financial aid, it's more accessible than many families—particularly low-income families—realize. Too often, families overestimate the cost of college and are unaware of the grants and scholarships available to help finance it, according to a p...

December 20, 2011

Report: Counselors Are Untapped Resource in College Readiness

Too often, high school counselors are stuck with menial tasks or bogged down helping a few troubled students. A better use of their time would be to guide students for life beyond high school and would lead to a college- and career-ready agenda, according to a new report from the Education Trust. C...

December 19, 2011

Word of Early Decision and Early Action Has Students Buzzing

Word was trickling out last week to high school seniors anxiously waiting to hear early if they got in to their top choice college. So, it's time when lots of people are talking about Early Decision and Early Action and how it works. Early Decision (a binding commitment) is offered by 22 percent o...

December 16, 2011

Strategies for Last Push in College-Admissions Process

It's crunch time for high school seniors applying to college. While many may have had visions of completing their applications before the holidays, the reality is that many will be working on them up until New Year's Eve. So, how to best manage the last weeks of the process? Tempting as it may be...

December 14, 2011

College Board Reports Sluggish Progress on Completion Rates

While more Americans are getting college degrees every year, the pace of progress is slower than many have hoped. A new report from the College Board shows 41.1 percent of adults ages 25 to 34 have an associate degree or higher, up from 38.1 percent in 2000. At this rate, the completion rate will ...

December 06, 2011

Income and Gender Gap in College Attainment Widens

Your odds of going to college and finishing are much greater if you are a woman and from a family with money. While not particularly a news flash to many, a study by University of Michigan researchers traces these trends back more than 70 years and documents growing gaps in attainment by income and ...

November 30, 2011

Weighing the Option of Applying to College Early Decision II

Decisions, decisions. Many high school seniors are inundated with them right now. With transcript requests due this week, students need to finalize their list of colleges. For those with a strong favorite, there is the dilemma about whether to apply Early Decision II. A quick review of the terms:...

November 23, 2011

De-Stress Over the Holidays With Seniors and College Students

Word to the wise, parents: Your vision of the Thanksgiving holiday may be different from that of your high school senior or returning college student. While there may well be relaxing times feasting around the dinner table or watching a football game, your kids will likely have a different agenda no...

November 15, 2011

Demand for Jobs That Require High School Diploma Declines

For all the talk of the value of a college degree, there are decent jobs for those with just a high school diploma. The problem is there are not enough of those jobs to go around, according to a report released yesterday by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. The repor...

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