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Posted on Jul 09, 2013 - 11:15 AM | Financial Aid | Comments (0)

A low-income family receives a financial aid offer from their local college and notices that it includes student loans. They accept the offer – and the loans – without question.   Why?   Well, consider this fact: 70% of families making less than $28,000 per year never heard of Pell Grants. Unfortunately, they’ve probably heard of student loans, a standard and acceptable part of higher education. People expect to pay them. They probably even know a few people struggling to pay off their student loans.   So why aren’t people aware of Pell Grants? Bank... More
 
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Posted on Jul 03, 2013 - 09:55 AM | Financial Aid | Comments (0)

The cost of college is like the Great Wall of China, and nearly as imposing to high-school students and their families: one kept the Mongols from invading; the other is keeping students out of college:   The Effects of the High Cost of College   80% of students who wanted to go to college but didn’t say it was the cost of tuition that kept them out. 2/3’s of college graduates said that cost was either extremely or very important in helping them decide where to go. Wealthy students are only 1¼ times more likely to go to college than low-income st... More
 
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Posted on Jun 27, 2013 - 10:35 AM | Guidance Counselors | Comments (0)

It has always been RSC’s position that guidance counselors want to help students, but sometimes the system lets them – and you – down.   Consider these amazing facts:   Guidance Counselors Are Overworked   ASCA, the American School Counseling Association, says guidance counselors should see no more than 250 students. The average counselor sees 457. ASCA believes counselors should spend 70% of their time serving students. The average counselor spends 50% of their time working with students. In many schools, they are assigned to non-counseling du... More
 
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Posted on Jun 24, 2013 - 08:10 AM | Student Debt | Comments (0)

It’s the dream scenario: moving from crowded college dorms and temporary roommates to a good job and a place of your own after graduation. But too often, graduation just means different roommates or moving back in with mom and dad. What’s causing student debt? Skyrocketing tuition (up 300% since 1990) Budget cuts to state and federal grant programs (Between 2008-2011, 43 states cut their higher education budgets) Reductions in – or the elimination of – state education tax breaks Increase in private and federal loans (35% of students took ou... More
 
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Posted on Jun 22, 2013 - 02:00 PM | College Benchmarks | Comments (0)

It’s been called the Black Hole of Transition – that spot where high school students enter but don’t come out again. It’s the transition to college.   The Effects of Not Being Prepared for College   30% of high school graduates don’t go to college, but ¼ of those students wanted to. They just didn’t feel they had the grades to get in. Of the 70% of high school students who do go to college, 44% don’t graduate within six years. They’re struggling financially and academically. 40% of college freshmen take remedi... More
 
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Posted on May 16, 2013 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

On-demand college prep works the same way as on-demand television. It’s available when you want, at your fingertips 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   It’s a new concept in college prep that gives you advantages the old model of Saturday afternoon sessions and inconvenient hours can’t. It’s also a great way to prepare for the coming future of higher education – online, at home, when you’re available to review the materials.   Advantages of On-DemandCollege Prep    Learn at a time you learn best. Everyone has a specific learning ... More
 
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