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4 Ways To Jump Start The College Application Process This Summer

Students Rising Above | Posted 07.22.2016 | College
Students Rising Above

A strong support network and ongoing mentoring is needed to help navigate the unique challenges most will face while narrowing down and applying for college admission.

Congratulations. You Got Into College. Now What?

Students Rising Above | Posted 06.28.2016 | Impact
Students Rising Above

For many students, college acceptance does not guarantee college completion.

Is This The Final Curtain For The Big Apple Circus?

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 06.13.2016 | New York
Johnathan Lee Iverson

"For me, founding Big Apple Circus was an act of love," says the legendary Paul Binder. For founders Michael Christensen and Paul Binder, that love be...

7 Essential Things to Do the Summer Between High School and College

Hélène Tragos Stelian | Posted 06.10.2016 | College
Hélène Tragos Stelian

You did it! You are going to college, congrats! As you finish off high school and enjoy end-of-year celebrations, you'll want to start looking toward your summer. Here are my top tips on what you'll need to accomplish before leaving for college.

10 Ways to Cut College Education Costs

Students Rising Above | Posted 05.26.2016 | Impact
Students Rising Above

As high school graduations wind down, many college-bound students are setting their sights not only on entering college come fall, but also making sense of what can be complicated financial aid packages.

Nudge 2.0: A broader toolkit for lasting behavior change

Cait Lamberton | Posted 05.24.2016 | Education
Cait Lamberton

This piece was co-authored by Cait Lamberton, Associate Professor of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh's Joseph M. Katz Graduate...

This Is What Would Happen If Everyone Stopped Paying Their Student Loans -- Together | Posted 05.18.2016 | College

In the likelihood that you want to do just that, we reminisce on what could happen if you completely abandon your student loans with the rest of your graduating class, according to a professional.

Parents: Here's The Scoop on Financial Aid

Latoya Scott | Posted 05.10.2016 | Parents
Latoya Scott

Understanding the financial process isn't easy, but it's important to understand the basics as you prepare your child for college. Learn as much as you can about the financial aid process and help reduce the impact of this important financial decision.

Leading by Example: Outreach Trip Addresses Health Disparities

Students Rising Above | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact
Students Rising Above

By Rosario Castañeda, Student  Yale University & Students Rising Above Maya Angelou once wisely stated that "When you learn, teach. When you get, g...

Journey to College Series #3: Narrowing Down College Visit Choices

Students Rising Above | Posted 04.29.2016 | Impact
Students Rising Above

Late March and April is one of the most enjoyable times of the year for Students Rising Above (SRA) advisors. This is when students finally hear back from their targeted colleges regarding acceptance, and most receive their financial aid packages.

3 Things to Do the Day You Choose Your College

Hélène Tragos Stelian | Posted 04.28.2016 | College
Hélène Tragos Stelian

With May 1--College Decision Day--upon us, here's advice that's not to be missed

Need Money for College? 3 Overlooked Sources of Financial Aid

Kallen Diggs | Posted 04.22.2016 | Education
Kallen Diggs

Do you need money for college? If you are going next semester, then you are probably among many people who may be in need of financial aid. In fact, 85 percent of college undergrads receive financial aid.

Navigating the College Financial Aid Process: Unique Challenges for First-Generation Students

Students Rising Above | Posted 04.12.2016 | Impact
Students Rising Above

By Robin Levi, Advisor Students Rising Above The words "filling out financial aid documents" strike fear into the minds of most parents. The endless...

Inequality in Online Services Can Worsen the Educational Achievement Gap

Bob Hildreth | Posted 04.08.2016 | Education
Bob Hildreth

Access to the internet is increasing rapidly, and many organizations, whether they are non-profit, for-profit or governmental, have transitioned to the web, and many are only operating online.

5 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Winning a Scholarship

SALT | Posted 03.29.2016 | College

There are scholarship applicants, and then there are scholarship winners. Often, what separates the two is a little something extra. Here are five of...

Reading Between the Lines of the Government's Federal Student Loan Data Reports

Carlo Salerno | Posted 03.25.2016 | Education
Carlo Salerno

There is still talk that Congress may actually reauthorize the Higher Education Act this year and that means greater than usual attention to questioning what works and doesn't work when it comes to handling what is increasingly being referred to as the student debt "crisis."

Dependent Schools - How the Public Pays More to Educate Students in Wealthy Private Schools Than Those in Public Schools

Don Hill | Posted 03.07.2016 | Education
Don Hill

(4th of 5 installments) Tax subsidies exist for private schools at least in part because the schools and their students' parents are deemed to serve ...

Dependent Schools - How the Public Pays More to Educate Students in Wealthy Private Schools Than Those in Public Schools

Don Hill | Posted 03.01.2016 | Education
Don Hill

Many booarding schools have found it difficult to consistently maintain full enrollments. Mercersburg was founded as a boys' school in 1893; it added girls in 1969 to counter a shrinking male applicant pool.

How to Succeed at College and Beyond: The Art of Learning

Daniel R. Schwarz | Posted 07.16.2016 | College
Daniel R. Schwarz

I. Preparing Students for the College Experience and Responding to Critics of the American University I have just published my How to Succeed at C...

Dependent Schools - How the Public Pays More to Educate Students in the Wealthiest Private Schools Than Those at Public Schools

Don Hill | Posted 02.24.2016 | Education
Don Hill

While private schools may receive no direct funding from government, they do receive significant indirect support from Washington and from their states and municipalities in the form of tax loopholes, deductions, and exemptions - tax expenditures in the nomenclature of the IRS. -- Too Good to Be True? A Few Questions

Steve Nelson | Posted 02.23.2016 | Education
Steve Nelson is an organization that purports to provide wonderful scholarship opportunities to high school students, particularly those who are less privileged. Too good to be true? Probably. Misleading? Perhaps.

And the Financial Aid Award Goes to...

Mary Johnson | Posted 02.16.2016 | College
Mary Johnson

The Academy Awards are scheduled for the beginning of March, but families with students heading off to college in the fall are likely more focused on financial aid awards.

Let Undocumented Youth Learn

Joshua Mbanusi | Posted 02.11.2016 | Impact
Joshua Mbanusi

We cannot afford to lose a generation of scientists, mathematicians, entrepreneurs, and faith leaders of Jessica's caliber. We must provide equitable postsecondary educational opportunities for undocumented children.

The Missing Conversation at Teach For America's 25th Anniversary Summit

Kelly Peeler | Posted 02.11.2016 | Education
Kelly Peeler

This past weekend, the NextGenVest team headed to the Teach For America 25th Anniversary Summit in Washington D.C. It was incredible to see an organization facilitate candid discussions about tough topics  --  from the school to prison pipeline, to the need for more diverse educators.

College Kids Caught With Drugs May Not Get Kicked Off Financial Aid Anymore

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For over a decade, the federal government has denied students financial aid because they have a drug conviction, a cycle that discourage...