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February 13, 2013
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  • Why first-generation college applicants should highlight their status
    About 30% of freshmen are the first in their families to go to college, writes Michele Hernandez, former assistant director of admissions at Dartmouth College. Such first-generation students can sometimes be ashamed or shy about their background, but Hernandez writes in this blog post that they should be proud of their history, which can help make them stand out from the crowd. She also advises would-be first-generation students to seek out schools that provide extra support to help them succeed. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/The Choice blog (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 64 colleges report meeting 100% of financial needs for students
    Just 5% of colleges say they have found ways to completely meet their students' financial needs, according to a survey of 1,164 institutions conducted by U.S. News & World Report. Meeting financial needs refers to providing forms of aid to fill the gap between the cost of tuition and a student's expected family contribution, something that just 64 colleges reported doing by an average of 100%. Among those, according to the survey, were Amherst College in Massachusetts, Georgetown University in the District of Columbia and Stanford University in California. U.S. News & World Report (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Net-cost calculators help determine true cost of college
    Unexpected surprises for families of college students between a college's advertised "sticker price" and the actual costs prompted Congress in 2011 to require schools to offer net-cost calculators. While these tools can help families to plan accordingly, college officials advise parents to take them with a grain of salt. "They can tell you whether a college is inside or outside the ball park of affordability. But they can't tell the difference between home plate and center field. I wouldn't rule out a college based on net price," said financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  The Next Step 
  • Every resume must answer this question
    Your resume needs to showcase the things that make you great, not the menial tasks you performed at your last job, Shannon Smedstad writes. "Why are you better than the 100 other people who've applied for the same job opportunity? That's the information you need to include on your resume," she writes. Blogging4Jobs (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to get more women into tech companies
    Women tend to be good at communicating and reading people, which can help them as managers, says Selina Tobaccowala, who co-founded Evite and leads the tech team at SurveyMonkey. Speaking about her industry, Tobaccowala says more women would likely work in tech jobs if more young girls were interested in science and math. The Huffington Post/Women 2.0 (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Obama urges Congress to tie college affordability to federal aid
    In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama called on Congress to ensure the affordability and value of higher education by limiting education-spending cuts. The president also called on colleges and universities to keep costs and tuition low, and urged lawmakers "to change the Higher Education Act so that affordability and value are included in determining which colleges receive certain types of federal aid." The Chronicle of Higher Education (free content) (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NSCS News 
  • Ball State NSCS Chapter to participate in dance marathon
    The Ball State University NSCS chapter will be participating in the University's dance marathon to raise money for Riley Hospital for Children. The chapter has coordinated a number of fundraising events and volunteers to support the cause. Learn more about the Ball State chapter here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Temple University to host upcoming service events
    The Temple University NSCS chapter has several upcoming service events planned. The chapter will be selling Valentine's Day gifts to raise money for The Scholarship Fund of Philadelphia as well as participating in a community service event at the Ronald McDonald House serving dinner to families in need. Learn more about the Temple University chapter here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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