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March 13, 2013
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  • How college-bound students can make the most of spring break
    College hopefuls can make the most of their time off during spring break by preparing for their futures, say some college admissions counselors. Some suggest high-school juniors and seniors take advantage of the week by visiting prospective schools -- many of which are likely to be in session since high school and college spring breaks often don't line up. Others advise students to spend the homework-free week applying for scholarships or studying for the SATs. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sequestration brings changes to college financial-aid offices
    College administrators overseeing financial-aid packages for prospective students are facing tough decisions in the face of sequestration, which triggered a number of cuts to higher education. The federal Pell Grant program remains untouched until the 2014-15 school year, however other programs, such as Federal Work-Study, will be subject to a 5% reduction. "We're hoping to send out awards this week, and before we hit the switch, we're going to have to make a decision," said Pamela Fowler of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. "You can make fewer awards or you can cut the amount of the award. Which do you do?" USA Today (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Next Step 
  • How are MBA programs changing with the times?
    In response to a rapidly evolving workforce, business schools are scrambling to find ways to help their MBA graduates craft distinct paths toward their intended careers. The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School allows students to choose from six "pathways" within their business program, while the Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management has infused traditional business-school concepts with overarching themes such as innovation and entrepreneurship. U.S. News & World Report (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Preparing for commonly asked interview questions
    Be ready to talk about your biggest achievements and what excites you about the job before the interview, career coach Alison Green writes in this blog post. These are common questions interviewers ask along with why you think you'd do well at the job. "[I]f you can't make a compelling case for why you'd be fantastic in the role you're applying for, it's unlikely that the interviewer is going to take the time to piece one together on her own," Green writes. U.S. News & World Report/On Careers blog (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Illegal immigrant students apply for state financial aid in Calif.
    California's version of the Dream Act has brought in more than 20,000 additional applications for state financial aid from students who are college-bound but living in the country without legal permission. The state law comes as the nation grapples with comprehensive immigration reform. While some critics say the state cannot afford the law, one advocate hails it as a "game-changer" for illegal immigrant youth, who often are limited in their financial resources because of their status. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NSCS News 
  • Upcoming events from the Ball State NSCS chapter
    The Ball State NSCS chapter has a number of upcoming events planned including a chapter meeting, March to College Day and a social! On March 22, the chapter will be hosting a bowling social at Cardinal Lanes in which prizes will be awarded to top scorers and bowling masters. Learn more about the Ball State chapter here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UH NSCS chapter to participate in bayou cleanup
    The University of Houston NSCS chapter will be participating in a trash and waterway cleanup at the Buffalo Bayou on March 23. The cleanup will end with a hot dog lunch and raffle prizes for volunteers. Learn more about the UH chapter here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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