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Talkin’ Smack-a-demic: April ’16

The college angst is almost over for this season. Acceptances are in hand, and most students know where they’re going. Some may still be working on financial aid packages and making last-minute comparisons. As this season winds down, congrats to all of our CC students and parents—you have survived!

Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Wages Garnished for Unpaid Student Loans
Escaping student loan obligations isn’t easy. In just three months, debt collectors hired by the government collected $176 million by garnishing the wages of deadbeat grads.
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Stanford Dean: Rejecting 19 out of 20 Applicants Nothing to Boast About
Stanford University earned the bragging rights for being the most selective major university, but their dean of admissions isn’t boasting about it. He admits the number is frightening to many students, but doesn’t think there’s a meaningful difference when other schools are also in the single digit range. In addition to rising demand, he also says some students apply to too many schools.
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How Asian Test Prep Companies Quickly Exposed the New SAT
Despite vigorous attempts by The College Board to ensure test security, within days of the exam booklets were leaked online. An in-depth article from Reuters looks at how it happened.
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Should Parents Pay for Their Child’s College Education?
This isn’t a new question, but it’s one that doesn’t go away. When many parents are falling behind in saving for their retirement, should they prioritize funding their children’s college education? CC members weigh in on both sides of the issue.
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5 Important Things to Focus on for the New SAT
The College Board has implemented eight major changes to the SAT. Among these changes are reverting to a scoring scale of 1600 with no penalties for guessing, fewer choices on multiple-choice questions, an optional essay, and questions focused on critical thinking—as opposed to memorization. Here are five ways to crack the code for the new test.
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Ask the Dean
How Do Admission Officers View (and Award) College Credits Earned in High School?
Question: My daughter’s high school offers three ways for students to earn college credits: AP classes, College in the High School classes, and “Running Start.” Running Start allows students to take classes at the local community college, receive college credits, and even earn an associates degree while they’re still in high school. My question is how do the selective colleges view credits earned in a Running Start program versus AP credits or College in the High School credits?
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Admit This!
Are Financial Aid Packages Trojan Horses?
What’s more exciting than an acceptance letter? How about a great financial aid package. But, beware of aid officers bearing gifts. Most colleges use financial aid as a recruiting tool, but some engage in what’s called “front-loading.” In subsequent years, the amount of aid goes down, forcing the student to pay (and maybe borrow) more.
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Dates To Remember
SAT
Test Dates
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ACT
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May 6 May 20 Register

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