School counselor on navigating post-high school plans: “There are so many ways to approach this"

Apr 21, 2022
When the counselors at Sheboygan South High School in Wisconsin realized about 50% of their graduates weren't going to college, they put renewed focus on supporting alternative pathways for students.
There’s been a marked drop in college enrollment during the pandemic
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Does college prestige really matter? Maybe.

Apr 14, 2022
Your alma mater's ranking "will mean something, in some places, sometimes," says The New York Times' Ron Lieber.
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Hiring based on skills instead of college degrees opens up opportunities for millions

Feb 17, 2022
As the labor market heats up, an increasing number of companies are pledging to change their approach to recruitment.
Degree inflation has made a college education almost mandatory. A hiring process based on skill could be more inclusive, and productive.
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More states are requiring high schoolers to complete financial aid application

Feb 16, 2022
Applications for federal aid for college have decreased, so schools and states are looking at ways to get more grants into students' hands.
In states that require high school students to fill out the FAFSA, the number of students applying for financial aid has gone up.
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Historically Black colleges and universities are chronically underfunded

Nov 18, 2021
HBCU advocates say funding shortfalls mean less scholarship money and financial aid for students and can lead to lower graduation rates.
From 1957 to 2007, Tennessee State University, an HBCU, received far less money than it was due by virtue of its federal land-grant designation.
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College, though out of reach for many, seems key to financial stability

May 18, 2021
A Federal Reserve study shows the widening economic gap between those with a college degree and those without one.
Graduating helps. About three-quarters of the job losses during the pandemic occurred among people who lack bachelor’s degrees, according to an employment researcher.
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With tests optional, selective colleges report more applicants and longer waitlists

Apr 5, 2021
Many colleges waived their standardized test requirements because of the pandemic, opening the gates for more students to apply.
Some tests were canceled due to safety concerns, and many testing sites closed.
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There are fewer visas, but Chinese students still want a U.S. education

Feb 19, 2021
Chinese students spend years mapping out the path to U.S. colleges. The pandemic has disrupted all of that.
"Contemplation in the afternoon," is one of the many pieces of art Li Jiayan has posted on social media in hopes of getting more freelance work while she figures out the next steps in her study plans.
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Liberal arts colleges look to career and tech education to bolster enrollment

Feb 2, 2021
With the number of high school graduates expected to shrink in New England and a shortage of people in tech, colleges see an opportunity.
Claudia Cabrera, who is taking advanced manufacturing courses at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, says someday she wants to help make robots.
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Inside one family's journey to find an affordable college

The long road to a merit scholarship included 30 applications and 90 admissions essays.
For Lara Mordenti Perrault's daughter, the long road to a merit scholarship included 30 applications and 90 admissions essays.
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