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February 06, 2012

Focusing on Quality and Value of Education in College Choice

Richard Schwartz offers advice on the importance of quality and value on choosing college.

February 01, 2012

Seniors Enter Waiting Game; What Are Their College Chances?

New study of college freshman show fewer getting into first-choice college and gap in acceptance versus attendance.

January 20, 2012

Panel: Strategies to Keep College Aspirations High for All

Ask kids in 8th grade if they plan to attend college, and there is almost universal enthusiasm. Research shows this is true even among low-income students and those who are low performing. But something happens along the way for many that ends the dream. For some, it's academic struggles or the ch...

December 28, 2011

Top 2011 College Bound Posts Span Access to Completion

Looking back at the most-read College Bound posts of the year, you can see a range of issues. From policymakers to parents to educators, you were drawn to stories about applications and access, completion and jobs. So, a drum roll please.....The top 10 stories, as measured by hits on this blog, fo...

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 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 ...

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 04, 2011

Some Public Colleges Offer Deals to Out-of-State Students

While some public schools may be eager to get the additional revenue that comes with out-of-state students, others are actually making deals to lure them in. (See the post I wrote on Monday about how more students were looking beyond their home state for college.) U.S. News and World Report identi...

October 31, 2011

More Students Looking to Out-of-State Colleges Eager for Their Tuition

High school students applying to colleges this fall are often looking beyond the borders of their home states. More students are migrating to out-of-state schools, and colleges are eager for their fatter tuition checks. An article today in the Chronicle of Higher Education examines the trend and p...

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