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December 2010 Newsletter

Top Ten Things Colleges Look for in High School Students

A list of the top ten qualities and experiences colleges look for in applicants. This list was compiled by the Independent Educational Consultants Association, based on a 2010 survey of member consultants.

Net-price Calculators: Determining College Costs

Starting in the fall of 2011, the federal government is requiring all U.S. colleges to include a tool called a net-price calculator on their websites. The goal of this new initiative is to make the financial aspect of attending college more transparent and to make it easier for families to compare the cost of attending one institution over another.

CISV: Children's International Summer Village

If you are looking for something unique for your child to get involved in this summer, consider CISV (an acronym for Children's International Summer Village), a unique educational program that has been in existence since 1950.

Free Proctored ACT and SAT Exams

Date:
Saturday, January 22, 2011

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Keystone Exams: A Primer

In just four years, beginning with students in the classes of 2015 and 2016, Pennsylvania will institute new high school graduation requirements that include the use of newly developed end-of-course assessments called the Keystone Exams.

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Financial Aid Keeps Up With Rising Tuition

According to the College Board's 2010 “Trends in College Pricing” and “Trends in Student Aid” reports, fast-rising tuition costs have been accompanied by a huge increase in financial aid, which helped keep down the actual amount students and families pay. For more information, see the New York Times Article, and the College Board's Trends in Higher Education website.

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Posted in Educational Trends, Paying for College, Cost of College

July/August 2010 Newsletter

In this issue:

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Colleges Provide Additional Help Determining Cost of Attending

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, passed in August of that year, requires colleges to provide a 'Net Price Calculator' on their websites by October 29, 2011. What this means for families of students applying to college, is that they will now have the ability to determine the actual cost a student will incur if they decide to attend a specific college. Whereas in the past, many families would just consider the "sticker price," the published cost of tuition, fees, books, housing, etc., now they should have a more realistic idea of what they will actually have to pay for college, after all aid has been calculated into the price.

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Posted in Paying for College, Educational Reference, Cost of College

Wall Street Journal on Campus

Admissions Officers from Eight Top Colleges Discuss and Demystify the College Admissions Process

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Federal Government Provides Relief for Student Borrowers

Two new programs recently enacted by the Federal Department of Education provide needed relief to those who borrowed for their college educations but are having difficulty repaying their loans.

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Posted in Paying for College, News, Financial Aid

Successful College Savings

Saving for college is a necessary, but scary responsibility. This is especially true in these tough economic times. Most experts agree though, on the most important elements of a successful plan:

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Posted in Paying for College, Cost of College

College Students Using Credit Cards to Pay for Education

A recent article in the Shreveport Times reported that over the past year, 92% of college students used a credit card to pay for education-related expenses such as textbooks. The survey, conducted by Sallie Mae, the student lender, indicated the use of credit cards to pay for education-related expenses rose 7% from 2004 to 2009.

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Posted in College, Paying for College, Educational Reference

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