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Talkin’ Smack-a-demic: August ’15

Summer began just a few weeks ago, and we’re already starting to see Back to School sales … scary stuff. But, CC can make the back to school experience a little less scary with help on virtually any topic you can imagine. Head over to the forums forums and either post your own question or search to find what people have said in the past.

What Makes You Ridiculously Angry About the College Admissions Process?
The college admissions process can be frustrating. The rules for getting in may be opaque or non-existent. In this thread, CC members vent their frustrations. Is the cost of attendance clearly stated? Is your counseling office overworked and way behind on getting materials to schools? Here’s your chance to find out what bugs other members and, maybe, post your own rant.
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What Happened to the Liberal Arts Degree?
Lately, it seems, the focus has been on STEM majors like engineering, math, computer science, etc. These fields have had relatively strong employment prospects. But what about the traditional career path of earning a liberal arts degree to build communication skills and cultural literacy, no small benefits in the world of business. This article looks at the prospects for liberal arts majors.
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2016-2017 College Financial Aid Formula Penalizes Middle Class $8,000
For middle-class families, the “asset protection” limit has been one way the federal aid formula reduces the family’s expected annual contribution. Wealthy families will be way above the limit, and poor families won’t have enough assets to be affected. But, in the last few years, the previously substantial level of protection has fallen to almost nothing, resulting in higher EFCs and expected college costs.
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The Perpetual Student: Do I Need Another Degree or Do I Just Want to Keep Going to School?
We’ve all encountered one or more of these special folks. They are the ones who complete a degree, and immediately enroll in another program. Or, to prolong their time in school, they may partially complete a degree and then start a new program with different requirements. But, is staying in school such a bad thing? This article looks at the pros and cons of extending one’s education.
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Does Helicopter Parenting Cause College-Age Depression?
While there are certainly no “helicopter parents” on CC (you agree, right?) we know they exist. And, a new study shows that rather than helping their students get ahead, these over-involved parents can actually cause psychological problems. What do you think is the right level of parental involvement? Join the discussion.
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Ask the Dean
When You Get the Slacker Guidance Counselor
Question: How can you assure that your guidance counselor meets all necessary deadlines for applications besides making requests early on in the process. Should all requests be made in writing? We recently missed a substantial scholarship opportunity because our GC neglected to submit our application …
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Admit This!
Best ‘Money’s Worth’ Colleges
There’s an updated set of rankings from Money out that purports to list which colleges offer the most value for the money. Surprisingly, the top 10 is peppered not with low cost colleges, but rather some of the priciest (and most selective) in the nation—Stanford, Harvard, or Princeton.
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Dates To Remember
SAT
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OCT
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ACT
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Aug 7 Aug 21 Register
OCT
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Sep 18 Oct 2 Register

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