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Texas College Loan Programs Get Cash Infusion

July 29th, 2015 by
  Jan Ross Piedad, shown in February, is a University of Texas journalism major doing whatever she can to control student loan debt, including doing intensive research and frequently calling or visiting aid offices. | Ralph Barrera Austin American-Statesman BY TERESA MCUSIC Texas college students have access to more than $100 million in additional funding for three state grant programs next year — part of $1.1 billion in total state financial aid…click for more...?>

New Skills Needed for the Redesigned SAT

July 27th, 2015 by
Hone Analysis Skills for Success on the Redesigned SAT Essay By: Brian Witte The essay question will not ask for your personal option of the provided passage or require you to provide personal stories. One often discussed characteristic of the redesigned SAT is its increased focus on comprehension and analysis rather than rote memorization and recollection. This is especially true of the new essay section. Beginning in the spring of 2016, its emphasis will shift from the current…click for more...?>

The Heaviest College Debt Burdens Fall on Three Types of Students

July 27th, 2015 by
By Jill Barshay The typical undergraduate borrower isn’t suffering With 17 percent of borrowers behind in their payments or in default on the nation’s $1.2 trillion in college loans, it’s not surprising that student debt is emerging as a campaign issue for the 2016 election. It’s not only an important public policy problem, but also a matter that resonates with young millennials and might lure them to the polls on election day, according to a Washington Pos…click for more...?>

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6 huge changes for the Common App in 2015-16

June 15th, 2015 by
By: Nancy Griesemer   As competition increases, the Common App will need to become more responsive to “customer” complaints and recommendations. Although months away, the debut of the 2015-16 Common Application will include six huge changes reflectingrecommendations made by counselors and applicants over the past two years—since the “new” Common App came online in August 2013. As he took over responsibility for day-to-day operations, …click for more...?>

College Admissions: How Social Media Can Ruin Your Application

June 15th, 2015 by
Monday, May 11, 2015 Cristiana Quinn, GoLocalProv College Admissions Expert  Is this on your child’s Facebook, Twitter feed, or Instagram? It’s all Googleable, and college admissions officers are doing just that. A Twitter photo of a student making an obscene gesture with liquor bottles in the background, a Facebook posting of a student at a party holding what appears to be a joint, a blog rant using profane language about another student. Thus begins my typical Saturday morn…click for more...?>

June 6, SAT Testing Error

June 10th, 2015 by
Last updated June 8, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. EDT from Collegeboard.org On Saturday, June 6, Educational Testing Service (ETS) informed the College Board that there was a printing error in the standard test books ETS provided to students taking the SAT that day in the United States. We apologize for this error. After a comprehensive review and statistical analysis, the College Board and ETS have determined that the affected sections will not be scored and we will still be able to provide reliable score…click for more...?>

Juniors, Prepare NOW!

June 1st, 2015 by
  By Jodi Walder, GoLocal PDX College Admissions Expert Juniors, in a very short time you will be seniors! Before this school year ends there are a few tasks you should do so that make it easier for you to work on your college applications over the summer should you opt to do so.   1. Request an end-of-year transcript. You will need this over the summer to fill out your applications. Most schools send a report card rather than a transcript. Do whatever the steps are at your school…click for more...?>

End-of-Year Mistakes to Avoid for High School Juniors, Seniors

June 1st, 2015 by
Juniors should keep college planning at the forefront of their minds, and seniors should make sure to maintain a rigorous academic schedule. By Bradford HolmesMay 25, 2015 | 9:00 a.m. EDT+ More During the final weeks of the school year, many students find their attention to detail and commitment to their studies waning as their attention turns to the upcoming summer vacation. This can be especially true for high school juniors and seniors, and the consequences of such end-of-ye…click for more...?>