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January 9, 2013
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  • Tips on calculating the true cost of college
    Colleges all offer a breakdown of expected costs, but totals after calculating loans, scholarships and other financial considerations may vary widely depending on the family's situation, offers columnist Lee Bierer. The most important thing for parents, Bierer advises, is to consider just how much debt the family can reasonably shoulder. This will come in handy when comparing what the federal government considers "expected family contribution" -- the amount they think you can afford -- even if it's not the same as what you realistically can pay. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Texas high-school seniors instructed on how to pay for college
    A pilot program in the San Antonio Independent School District in Texas is aimed at teaching all high-school students financial literacy for higher education. The school district hired part-time counselors to help students fill out the free application for federal student aid, leading to a increase in the number of students planning college enrollment last year. The pilot program, which officials said could be a model for other districts, comes amid a new law requiring all public high schools in the state to instruct students on how to pay for college. San Antonio Express-News (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Likeability can overcome missing qualifications
    If you lack professional experience, highlight your "soft" skills, such as an ability to work well in teams, this blogger writes. Hiring managers often choose those who they see as being able to "fit" into an organization and are likeable, the blogger writes. (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. hiring index is highest since 2008
    The Conference Board's Employment Trends Index increased in December, the third straight monthly gain, and is at its highest level since July 2008. The index, which points to short-term hiring trends, is encouraging, but "if economic activity continues to expand slowly in the first half of 2013, it would be difficult for employers to maintain the current rate of job growth," said Gad Levanon of The Conference Board. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Students increasingly connect with colleges online
    Colleges nationwide are increasingly moving the college-fair experience online, using chat rooms accessible from their websites to answer questions and reach potential applicants. "As high school students change in how they're getting their information, it's important for us to make those changes as well," Emily Engelschall, director of undergraduate admissions at the University of California, Riverside, said, adding: "Students feel more comfortable in that environment." Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NSCS members: Earn cash back on your home energy bills!
    As the preferred energy supplier of NSCS, Energy Plus®  can help members earn cash back on their home or business energy bills. To be eligible, you need a service address that is within the Energy Plus service area. Massachusetts customers may obtain an information disclosure label upon request. This offer expires on Feb. 15, 2013. Learn more about the program -- or enroll -- here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Howard University NSCS chapter to volunteer at Inauguration
    The Howard University NSCS chapter has registered to volunteer as a group for the Presidential Inauguration events this month. Students will volunteer during the swearing-in ceremony and at the Inauguration Ball that President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama will host on Jan. 21. Learn more about upcoming events with the Howard chapter here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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