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July 05, 2011

Gaps in Financial Outlook for High School vs. College Grads

Without a college degree, high school graduates are often discouraged about their future prospects and aren't aware of tools to help them turn their situation around. A new report shows 36 percent of high school graduates feel it is "very likely" they will be financially secure in their lifetime, w...

July 01, 2011

Student Learning Plans Provide Motivation, Focus for College

For students who are struggling academically or don't grasp the relevance of success in school, having a plan early on that links their courses to a career goal can make all the difference. One tangible way to lay out a pathway is with a "student learning plan." These plans are mandated in 23 state...

June 29, 2011

Seizing on the Advantages of a Summer College Visit

Summer may not be the ideal time to visit a college because it can feel empty without students on campus. But the reality for families is that's when it is often most convenient. It's hard to get away during the school year when students are juggling demanding classes, studying for the SAT, working,...

June 20, 2011

College Board Spotlights Help Needed to Educate Men of Color

Recognizing the dismal fact that half of all young men of color who graduate from high school will become unemployed, incarcerated, or die young, the College Board is launching a new effort to improve their prospects through education. Two reports released today by the College Board and Harvard Uni...

June 14, 2011

Low-Income Students More Likely to Attend For-Profits

A brief released today by the Institute for Higher Education Policy finds that in the last 10 years, low-income students have increasingly being drawn to proprietary colleges and now attend at four times the rate of other students. Students between ages 18 and 26 whose total household income is nea...

June 06, 2011

Common App Essay Limited to 500 Words—Again

After a four-year experiment of letting applicants write essays as long as their hearts desired, Common Application is limiting essays to a 500-word maximum beginning this fall.

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 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...

March 28, 2011

Decisions, Decisions...How To Weigh College Offers

This time of year many high school seniors are getting the long-awaited word from colleges about whether their application rose to the top of the pile or not. Applying to multiple schools may have seemed like a good idea a few months ago, but now the result may be multiple offers. How to decide? ...

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