Knowledge Bound: The RSC Blog

Visit the Knowledge Bound Blog regularly for news analysis, editorials and facts about education and financial aid.

Posted on May 14, 2013 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

Quick – ask a parent to pick their favorite child.   It’s not easy. They’ll say that’s impossible, when the truth is, they usually have a favorite, for whatever reason.   The same is true – in a much less dramatic fashion – of college prep. It may not be easy to pick a favorite tool that advances your goal of a higher education, but you will likely have one.   Choosing Among College Prep Tools   SAT or ACT prep. This is often the thing students think of first when they think college prep. RSC’s tools include practice q... More

Posted on May 11, 2013 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

Ask your parents how old they were when they started thinking about college. Chances are they’ll say junior year because that’s the way it used to be. It’s old thinking that doesn’t work in the modern world.   So when is the best time to start? Ideally 8th grade.  For some people, it’s hard to imagine starting so early. In this day and age of instant everything, including instant fame, instant millions and instant information, it’s easy to ask, “Who has a long-range plan?”   The answer? Successful people. They just happen to fi... More

Posted on Oct 03, 2012 - 07:00 AM | Applying to College

In the fall senior students buckle down and select the colleges they will apply to. During this time some students will consider applying to their top college as an early admissions or early action candidate. Let's take a look at what the difference is and what advantages these early admissions options may give students. There are two early admission plans - early decision and early action. Both will give the students early notification of acceptance to the college but that is where the similarity ends. Early decision is binding, meaning if you are accepted you must atten... More

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Remedial Classes | Comments (0)

Finish college, avoid remedial classes by getting college prep right.   Imagine this scenario:   The college admissions officer tells you you’re going to need remedial English and remedial Math, and depending on your major, maybe remedial Science. What do you do?   Choose a different college. Choose a different major. Take summer classes to avoid remedial classes. Go back in time and do high school all over again.   Okay, so the first three answers are all possibilities, but the fourth one isn’t. In order to avoid the first three, ... More

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Financial Aid | Comments (0)

Financial Aid Facts Show the Importance of College Prep Do you wish you had more information on financial aid? If, so, you’re not alone: 56% of parents with students interested in college wish they had more information on financial aid. We can believe it. Our families come in with all sorts of questions, which is why we have two handbooks, several videos, and an entire department devoted to helping students get better financial aid. Financial Aid Facts Here’s one financial aid fact you should find astounding: 29% of low-income families don’t even file for financia... More

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Guidance Counselors | Comments (0)

Hundreds of Thousands of Layoffs Affect the Way You Get Ready for College   Have you noticed a decline in America’s education? Are you worried that too few teachers and too many students won’t help kids learn more?   You’re not alone. According to a new federal report released in August*, 300,000 teachers have been laid off since the Great Recession officially ended in 2009. Decreased federal funds and depleted state and local resources have led to a purging of the nation’s educators and created a swollen teacher-student ratio that is at its highest in mor... More




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