Archive for April, 2014

Who Thinks Kindergartners Should Be Prepping for College?

April 30, 2014

We all know that college admission is competitive.  We have all been told to start early and not wait until our student’s junior year of high school.  We all probably agree that encouraging students to make the best grades they can and take challenging courses throughout their high school years is wise advice.  But who can imagine how a school cancelled a school play because the kindergarteners needed most time for college prep?  Would love to know your thoughts.

http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/kindergarten-show-cancelled-kids-focus-college-prep-212747675–abc-news-topstories.html

April is the craziest month

April 21, 2014

High School Seniors: Have you made your college decision?

Dr. StrangeCollege or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Journey

T.S. Eliot may have called April the cruelest month, but for high school seniors that label might go to March. After the long autumn months of writing college applications and the cold winter months of awaiting a response (and hoping for the best), March delivers the stark reality of college admission decisions: yes, no, or would you like to wait for a possible yes later (at very low odds)?

The red bud in crazy bloom The red bud, blooming like crazy, in April

Which brings us to the craziness of April and the decisions seniors and their families face. Even when the student is accepted into his or her favorite school, most families will want to look closely at each of the colleges offering admission.

Closely, and quickly: the May 1 deadline for the student’s decision fast approaches.

Here’s what many senior households may wish to do this month:

Visit the campus

If you haven’t yet…

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Go to College in the West for Less!

April 9, 2014

Looking for an out-of-state college at a reduced rate? If you live in the West, check out the WUE programs.

College Smart Radio

WUE “I can afford to study out-of-state? You’ve got to be kidding!”

Students — and their parents who are bankrolling their kids’ education — are often amazed to learn that they can afford an undergraduate education outside of their home state, thanks to a program called “WUE” that’s been around for a quarter of a century. Some say it’s like winning the lottery!

More than 25 years ago, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), a nonprofit higher education policy organization, forged an agreement with its 15 western member states called the “Western Undergraduate Exchange”, or “WUE”. WUE is a multi-lateral regional tuition reciprocity agreement whereby a resident of one WICHE member state can go to college at a participating public institution in another WICHE state, and pay 1.5 times the resident tuition of the enrolling institution. WICHE member states are: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID…

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