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December 5, 2012
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  • Which factors carry the most clout for college admissions?
    Students' performance in college-preparatory classes and the rigor of their curriculum still carry the most weight in college admissions decisions, according to a recent survey of college admissions officers by the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Admission-test results and overall grades also were seen as "considerably important" to 59% and 52% of colleges, respectively, in 2011 -- an increase from 46% and 39%, respectively, in 1993. Meanwhile, the importance of class rank has declined over the past 20 years, the survey found. Education Week/College Bound blog (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Parents share their thoughts on who should cover college costs
    A survey by about who should pay for students' college expenses drew various responses. Some parents reported paying all undergraduate expenses, so their children would not incur debt. Others took a more contractual approach, requiring their children to pay a portion of the cost through scholarships or part-time jobs. A smaller number of parents said they expected their children to cover most of the costs themselves, the survey showed. Morningstar (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Next Step 
  • Analysis: Why student-loan defaults are rising
    More borrowers are defaulting on student-loan debt in part because the federal government doesn't make loans based on the ability to repay, writes Bloomberg economics editor Peter Coy. Other factors are that many borrowers don't understand they have options for avoiding default and its harsh consequences, and many young people are struggling to find jobs. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why everyone needs to sharpen the skill of entrepreneurship
    No matter how secure you think your job is, changing market conditions could render your position obsolete, John Pavley writes. "If you are a student in college, a newly minted graduate, or an old guy like me, take the time to learn how to build and run a business," he advises. "This way, you'll never be out of work." The Huffington Post (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What are some of the unexpected costs of college?
    Even the best-prepared families are sometimes surprised by unexpected college costs, Katy Hopkins writes in this blog post. Such costs may include meal plans, expenses for parents who want to visit and even textbooks, Hopkins writes. "The price of books was the most startling up-front cost we had," said Kristina Tirloni, a mother whose daughter had a $1,000 textbook bill from the campus bookstore during her first semester. U.S. News & World Report/Best Colleges blog (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NSCS News 
  • University of South Alabama sends care packages to U.S. soldiers
    The University of South Alabama NSCS chapter created care packages to send to U.S. soldiers. Packages included food, personal hygiene items and a quick note of gratitude. Learn more about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities with the University of South Alabama chapter here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Villanova NSCS chapter assists with Hurricane Sandy relief
    The Villanova University NSCS chapter started the month of December with service! The chapter sent 12 members to Manasquan, N.J., to volunteer for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. They collaborated with a few other student organizations to assemble a team of 40 student volunteers led by the Villanova NSCS chapter adviser, whose family resides in Manasquan. Learn more about the Villanova chapter here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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