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Another unethical college scam by wealthy families. American Greed at its finest: https://www.propublica.org/article/university-of-illinois-financial-aid-fafsa-parents-guardianship-children-students?utm_source=pocket-newtab
propublica.org First, parents turn over guardianship of their teenagers to a friend or relative. Then the student declares financial independence to qualify for tuition aid and scholarships.
Colleges that claim they do not consider at all a family's ability to pay when making admission decisions are most often not being totally transparent on their process.
yourcollegeadvisors.com Need-blind colleges don’t consider an applicant’s ability to pay when making admissions decisions. Unfortunately, a college can claim to be need-blind without fully following through on this policy.
Good article on the reality of private scholarships. As my clients have learned, the substantial amounts of merit money to be gained are rather from colleges (if they offer merit $) to entice enrollment.
diycollegerankings.com Private scholarships will come no where close to paying for college for the vast majority of people, It's simply a matter of numbers. #CollegeAdmissions
Some very good ideas here for high school students.
collegeadmissionsstrategies.com Photo by Travis Long for The News & Observer Perhaps you’re not one of those super-organized, type-A people who firmed up their summer plans last January. And right about now, you’re finding yourself with more than a little free time this summer. Don’t worry. You’re...
Although MA resident tax dollars support UMass Amherst, the university is enrolling an increasing number of lower credentialed out of state students to generate more revenue. MA Legislators may have to intervene to limit the practice as has been done in other states.
bostonglobe.com If you want to increase your chances of getting into the University of Massachusetts Amherst, you might want to consider moving to a different state.
Interesting look into the future as the number of college bound students becomes smaller.
bloomberg.com In the coming decade, many campuses will be desperate for students.
Very straight forward, concise explanation of the truths of financial aid.
washingtonpost.com It's financial aid time. Here's what you need to know.
Although not considered by many students, out of country colleges can be a unique and cost effective option.
thesunchronicle.com It’s that time of year again: College application season. With the deadline for early action and early decision applications having blown by on Nov. 1, many students have already sent
Although a complicated subject, this article gives a fairly effective overview of how colleges determine "need based" financial aid.
usnews.com Some schools factor in the value of a family home when deciding on need-based aid.
Good summary on how proposed tax bill will impact financial aid and loan interest... College debt is challenging enough but taking away the ability to deduct tuition and loan interest will make it even tougher.
cappex.com The Republican-controlled Congress introduced tax-cut legislation that proposes big cuts in tax benefits for college students, among other changes.
Fairly brief but very effective article about demonstrating interest (and even showing a little love) to colleges to gain an admissions advantage.
forbes.com It's not enough to like a college because it's a college. You need to know why it fits you and what it has to offer that no other school can. When they ask why you want to attend, be sure you have a very clear answer.
Good article with an effective reminder of what should be the primary focus while attending college.
forbes.com College is work, not play. But it's good work if you throw yourself into it knowing you'll be challenged and often frustrated. No good learning comes easily, and you remember longest what you fought to know most ferociously.
Even with all he has achieved to this point, there's an even brighter future ahead for Mansfield HS graduate and Crossroad's student Stephen Zenack. Accepting a great scholarship offer, Stephen has enrolled in RPI's highly regarded computer science program. His parents, Lisa and Scott, couldn't be prouder. Thanks for choosing Crossroads to guide Stephen on his college search journey!
Good article about attempting to take some of the stress out of college visits.
linkedin.com Between my two sons, I have visited 41 colleges in 11 states. And when you count multiple visits for interviews and second looks, the total number of
Big congrats to Mansfield HS graduate and Crossroads student Jamie Friedman! With a generous scholarship offer, Jamie will take her talents and career interests to Lesley University in Cambridge. It was such a pleasure to work with this wonderful young lady!
Congrats to this beaming Mansfield HS graduate Olivia Courtney who we thoroughly enjoyed having in our program at Crossroads! Olivia will continue to pursue her goals, including competitive diving, at Ithaca College in New York. Congrats to proud parents Gene and Marietta as well!
Big congrats to Haley Walsh on her graduation from Norton HS! Haley will be taking her many talents, especially her amazing artistic abilities, to Johnson & Wales Univ. Her parents, Kevin and Stacey, couldn't be prouder.
It was all smiles for Crossroads student Jake Pariseau as he graduates from Attleboro HS. He's also thrilled that he is heading to beautiful Florida Southern Univ. with a tremendous scholarship! Congrats to Jake and his parents Tim and Geri!! Thanks for teaming up with Crossroads on this highly successful journey!
A huge congrats to Crossroads student Amanda Flicop (and parents Sharon and Mark) on her graduation from Norton HS last night! Just loved working with you on your college search and wish you the very best at Clark University!
Some good points in this article for high school juniors/ sophomores and their parents
linkedin.com 1. Five top tips for college bound students - Seek out colleges that are the "best" fit for the student, rather than what is "best" for Forbes, U.S.
The college search process can be challenging on many fronts but we're thrilled when it all comes together perfectly in the end. Congrats to our student Julianna on her decision to attend Hamilton College in NY!
It will be interesting to see if any other states do anything similar. Most have trended toward cutting or leveling funding to their public universities.
marketwatch.com The plan is expected to cost the state $163 million.
Interesting college admissions statistics in this Forbes article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/lucielapovsky/2017/03/31/getting-into-college-there-is-a-college-for-you/#2b3cdae04b54
forbes.com It is not impossible to get into college; there are only a few very highly competitive colleges which accept few of their applicants. More than 45% of the four-year colleges in the U.S. accept 75% or more of the students who apply. There are many colleges for you or your student.
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Recent Crossroads' blog post regarding the newly revised SAT: http://www.crossroadscounselors.com/2016/05/new-sat-inflated-scores-leads-to-increased-confusion/
crossroadscounselors.com With College Board’s statement that they needed 9 weeks to release scores from the first “new” SAT exam given in March, everyone was hopeful for concise scores that could be easily understood by students, parents and colleges. College Board’s reputation had been tarnished a few years ago by a disast...
Good article that clearly articulates the competitiveness of elite colleges and the often flawed admission strategies of their applicants. http://www.thecollegesolution.com/stunned-at-college-rejections/
thecollegesolution.com Parents and teenagers are embittered by rejections to Ivy League and other elite colleges. They don't understand these schools are deluged with applications.
Article that tries to bring some sanity to the college process for some parents who are a bit overbearing. http://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2016/02/09/how-parents-ruin-college-application-process/imB5k5f2Rxyj29jqkuSeSL/story.html?event=event25
bostonglobe.com Admissions officers say they don’t want candidates who’ve been pushed to build perfect resumes. Why don’t we believe them?
Julie Lythcott-Haims noticed a disturbing trend during her decade as a dean of freshmen at Stanford University. Incoming students were brilliant and accomplished and virtually flawless, on paper. But with each year, more of them seemed incapable of taking care of themselves.
For MA colleges, not surprising to see Northeastern and WPI making the list but wasn't expecting to see Gordon College with 3rd biggest decease in the country
colleges.startclass.com The past decade has seen college admissions become more competitive across the board. StartClass found the schools that have had the biggest decrease in acceptance rates.
Passing on the blog post of Sharon Credit Union's COO Bill Beitler who captured some of the key points from my College Admissions Seminar held at their corporate office. http://www.sharoncu.com/scup/got-schooled/
sharoncu.com I attended the Sharon Credit Union College Counseling Seminar last night, and even though I’ve been through the college rodeo with my oldest daughter already, I definitely learned a thing or two. ...
Some long term implications of college loan debt: http://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/student-debt-hits-parents-kids-one-two-punch-n438601?cid=sm_fb
nbcnews.com Student debt is crushing both parents and children at the same time.
Surprising to see the colleges that made this list. Lots of Ivies and several New England schools. http://colleges.startclass.com/stories/6062/colleges-sexual-assaults-on-campus?utm_medium=social.paid&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=ao.sp.fb.dt.6062
colleges.startclass.com StartClass looked at data provided by the U.S. Department of Education and found which colleges had the most reported on-campus sexual assaults per capita from 2003 to 2013.
Interesting that among the top 200 colleges in the country, Boston College has seen the largest percentage decrease in applicants in the most recent data available. http://colleges.startclass.com/stories/5256/colleges-biggest-decrease-applications?utm_medium=social.paid&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=ao.sp.fb.dt.5256
colleges.startclass.com While some schools are leading the applications race, others are falling behind. We rank the 21 colleges with the biggest decrease in applications.
Informative article on increase in family spending for college http://money.cnn.com/2015/07/20/pf/college/parents-college-cost/
money.cnn.com For the first time in five years, parents opened their pockets wider to spend more on college this year.
Interesting article about "Overparenting"
slate.com Excerpted from How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims, out now from Henry Holt and Co. Academically overbearing parents are doing great harm. So says Bill Deresiewicz in his groundbreaking 2014 manifesto Excellent Sheep: T…
Good article on college admissions test scores: http://bybeecollegeprep.com/what-does-my-score-mean/
bybeecollegeprep.com How important is a student’s score the SAT and ACT? Ask a dozen people and you’ll get a dozen answers. The spectrum seems to run from the idea that test scores indicate nothing about the student to the belief that they are the single most important factor.
Good article on what can go through the mind of a high school student when visiting colleges: https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/style/2015/06/10/bananas-campus-deal-breaker/n5YIoM2uO9qvRz9aCiV1dP/story.html
bostonglobe.com Teenagers will reject colleges for frivolous reasons, to the puzzlement of parents doing the university circuit.
Recent blog post on the importance of early college major and career exploration: http://www.crossroadscounselors.com/2015/03/early-majorcareer-exploration-can-be-a-key-college-success-factor/
crossroadscounselors.com Most people would be surprised to hear that approximately 75% of college students change their major at least once. The good news is that the majority of them eventually find that program that satisfies their developing interests/aptitudes and go on to graduate. The bad news is that changing majors…
Interesting Time Magazine article about Catholic Colleges and low income students. http://time.com/3642216/catholic-college-admissions-tuition-financial-aid/
time.com Church-affiliated schools are among the nation's most expensive for low-income students
New blog post on how to possibly tip the college admission's scale in your favor. http://www.crossroadscounselors.com/2014/12/demonstrating-interest-can-make-the-difference/
crossroadscounselors.com As colleges review the multitude of applications they are receiving this year, most are taking a careful look at who is most likely going to accept their offer if they make one. Last year about 60% of colleges did not meet their enrollment targets leaving significant revenue shortfalls that needed t…
It's time for HS seniors to write their essays for college applications. Here's a recent blog post that will provide some guidance. http://www.crossroadscounselors.com/2014/08/writing-an-impactful-college-admissions-essay/
crossroadscounselors.com College applications are obviously full of grades, test scores and lists of activities but the essays are your opportunity to tell your story and express your views on specific issues. If applicants are fairly equal in terms of credentials, the essay could make the difference in who is eventually of…
New blog post that clears up some of the mystery around college merit scholarships and explains which schools are more likely to offer you one.
crossroadscounselors.com Financial aid is often misunderstood especially as it relates to merit scholarships. Total college financial aid packages can consist of both “merit” and “need” based aid. Merit based aid is typically awarded in the form of a scholarship while need based aid is most often provided as some form of gr…
New blog post stressing how important it is to clearly understand college financial aid packages.
crossroadscounselors.com At this time, just about all college financial aid packages should have been sent to accepted students for fall 2014 admissions. Students generally have until May 1 to decide if they will accept the package and attend that institution. It’s very important to understand the terminology and the detail...
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