November Newsletter 2013: Common App Issues, College Curriculum Debates, Scholarship Resources & More
It’s November and the holiday season is quickly approaching.
Many seniors have already applied for early admission to some private colleges and all seniors foresee regular admission deadlines looming upon the horizon. Ongoing issues with Common Application were an unwelcome distraction in the midst of an already stressful time. In response to these problems, a growing number of colleges extended deadlines for those tangled within the Common App web.
Remember to check your financial aid application deadlines for every college on your list. A number of private colleges line up the CSS Profile deadline date with the admission application date for early decision and early action applications.
Time Magazine’s October issue featured an informative Special College Report addressing how America must resolve the conflict between knowledge and know-how. This month’s featured find of Time’s article discusses core curriculum courses and educators’ focus on what required college education should entail.
Some seniors may believe they won’t qualify for scholarships, but your family could potentially save hundreds or even thousands off college costs. This month’s senior scoop details easily accessible search engines for various scholarship opportunities.
Beatrice Schultz, CFP®
Westface College Planning
College Funding Specialist
College Smart Radio: Tackling the Runaway Costs of College
Tune in to 1220am KDOW – the Wall Street Business Network from 3:00pm-3:30pm every Saturday for my radio show, College Smart Radio – Tackling the Runaway Costs of College. The show can be streamed live at www.KDOW.biz, too!
Listen in to the College Smart Radio podcast of a show last week when I spoke with guest Sanjeev Agrawal, former head of Google Product Marketing and brand new CEO of College Feed, about “A social network designed solely to help college students and new grads get hired”.
It’s all great information you won’t want to miss out on. Thanks for listening!
How important is knowledge? What about know-how? The lack of seemingly basic facts in the minds of graduates points to the obvious need for change of the current curriculum.
As the dispute rages between those who proactively stress standard core learning versus a flexible schedule of courses, future college students are wedged in the middle, left to only speculate about the fate of their upcoming education.
“Reports on what supposedly educated Americans know-and more sensationally, don’t know-come along fairly regularly, each more depressing than the last.
A survey of recent college graduates commissioned by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni and conducted by GfK Roper last year found that barely half knew that the U.S. Constitution establishes the separation of powers. Forty-three percent failed to identify John Roberts as Chief Justice; 62% didn’t know the correct length of congressional terms of office …
According to data gathered by the Chronicle of Higher Education and American Public Media’s Marketplace, half of employers say they have trouble finding qualified recent college graduates to hire. Everybody has an opinion about what matters most.
While Bill Gates worries about the dearth of engineering and science graduates, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences frets about the fate of the humanities.”
Continue reading Time article here.
Upcoming “Tackling The Runaway Costs of College” Workshops & Webinars
Seating may be limited – Register to ensure your spot!
- Tackling the Runaway Costs of College – Webinar:
Friday, November 15, 2013 from 12 pm to 1 pm.
We will also host a special workshop for the Davis Senior High School PTA, where we will cover a range of topics– from maximizing your eligibility for aid to the truth about Public vs. Private college costs–and more:
- Davis Senior High School PTA – College Financial Planning Presentation:
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm.
Holmes Junior High School – Multipurpose Room
1220 Drexel Drive, Davis, CA.
Senior Scoop: Scholarship Resources
“As seniors begin to finalize their college lists, it’s important to determine which schools may provide merit aid for students.
Additionally, many colleges offer school specific scholarship resources to help lessen the burden for students applying. But for many students, private scholarships may be needed to help finance the cost.
The internet is a substantial resource for private scholarship databases and other sites to help students figure out their scope for merit aid. It is critical for students to know their options before concluding their college lists.”
Continue reading Senior Scoop here.
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