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The Unnecessarily Mysterious Cost of College 
The Atlantic - Sep 30, 2016
As almost any parent of a high-school senior knows, figuring out the true college price tag is confusing. While the full annual sticker price can be as much as $60,000 or $70,000 at a private college and more than $55,000 at an out-of-state public college, experts say that many students will end up paying considerably less....
After gaining legitimacy, can online higher education replace traditional college? 
Washington Post - Oct 4, 2016
For much of their modern existance, distance-education courses have suffered from an image problem. In the 1970s and 1980s, they were seen as cheap knockoffs of on-campus offerings, hawked on late-night television by the likes of Sally Struthers, who asked viewers, ....
The State of College Admissions 
Huffington Post - Oct 2, 2016
For thousands of high school students, October marks the start of the college application season. Application deadlines approach, standardized tests and essays are finalized, and this year, there is an earlier start to the FAFSA financial aid application.....
3 Underrated Facts About College Admissions 
Forbes  - Oct 3, 2016 
College Admissions is the closest thing modern America has to a rite of passage, but far from being the meritocracy we would like to believe, the selective college admissions process looks more like a beauty contest. ...
Here’s the Number of Colleges You Should Actually be Applying to 
Her Campus  - Sep 28, 2016 
Senior year of high school is one of the most exciting years of your life. Many once-in-a-lifetime events are quickly approaching, but one seems to stand out above the rest ––the time has come to apply to college! You’ve anticipated this moment for a while, and suddenly, it’s here. Where do you begin?. . ...
What Matters Most to Colleges? Good Grades 
Huffington Post  - Sep 29, 2016 
The National Association for College Admission Counseling recently released its annual State of College Admissions report, revealing that, while considerable weight is placed on application elements like test scores, essays, and more, the most important factor that colleges ...
How Students Can Position Themselves For Selective College Programs 
Forbes  - Sep 27, 2016 
Nestled within the large, elite, and highly selective University of Pennsylvania live the Penn Engineering’s Integrated Studies Programs, which combine the computer science major with a specific focus: Networked & Social Systems Engineering (NETS), Digital Media Design (DMD), and Computer Engineering (CMPE)....
6 tips for getting the best recommendation letters for college 
Bangor Daily News  - Sep 29, 2016 
How many? Check how many recommendations you will need by reviewing the admissions application instructions at your selected colleges. The number of recommendations required may vary from school to school. ...
What If My Recommender Never Sent Their Letter? 
CollegeVine Blog  - Sep 29, 2016 
If you have reason to believe your recommender did not send his or her letter of recommendation, stay calm. It’s not the end of the world, and there are many steps you can take to rectify the situation. It’s important to stay calm and not panic. ...
Five ways to avoid that cringe-worthy essay 
Tribune News Service  - Sep 29, 2016
You want your essay to be the one that is passed around the admissions office…. or not. It’s a little bit like the difference between being famous and infamous. We all know that a sincere, well-written essay that provides insights about how the student has matured, ....
College Admissions Expert Elizabeth Levine: College Essay Writing 
Photo News Service  - Oct 2, 2016
How do I go about writing my college essay? Writing your college essay is one of the most difficult documents you will write in your lifetime. Why is this? So much is on the line. You are applying to college's that will define the next four years of your life....
Advice From College Tour Guides About What to Ask on a College Tour 
TIME - Oct 4, 2016 
As high school seniors ponder where they’ll apply to college and where they want to go to school, many are participating in a staple of the college admissions process: the college tour. So, what should you ask on a college tour? What information should you be gathering as you walk around the campus? ..

Making the most of a college fair 
West Hawaii Today  - Oct 2, 2016 
Attending a college fair is a great way to connect with schools you are interested in and make a positive first impression on their representatives. However, there are some important things to keep in mind in order to make the most effective use of your time.....
Before you file the FAFSA, check for these errors 
CNBC - Oct 5, 2016 
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid may be a mere six pages, but it still offers college-bound students plenty of opportunities to trip up. Filing the FAFSA should be easier this year. Families were able to submit their paperwork as early as October 1, using data from their 2015 tax returns ..
Why It’s Important to Check on Your Completed FAFSA 
TIME - Oct 3, 2016 
It’s time to get going on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, for the 2017-2018 school year. This year the FAFSA became available online on Oct. 1, three months earlier than in years past.. ..
Watch Out for These 3 Common FAFSA Mistakes 
TIME - Oct 3, 2016 
Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, may be nobody’s idea of a fun weekend. But it’s absolutely essential if you hope to get grants, scholarships, or loans to help pay for college. ..
‘Get Real About Vocational Education 
Education Week (free registation required)  - Oc t2, 2016
For far too long, vocational education in this country has been regarded as inferior to an academic curriculum. In large part that's because those with four-year degrees tend to earn more over a lifetime.......
Beyond ‘vocational’ training 
District Administration  - Oct 2, 2016
r decades, “vocational” education prepared students for a newly industrialized workplace by training them for a specific occupational skill set. Today, Career and Technical Education (CTE) is open to all students, ....
‘Options for Students Who Shouldn't Go to College 
US News - Oc 3, 2016
Kayleen McCabe, host of DIY Network's "Rescue Renovation," spends her time outside of the show talking to middle and high school students all over the country about opportunities in the construction field........
‘It's tme for vocational schools to get some repect 
Boston Globe Magazine  - Oc t2, 2016
Massachusetts vocational schools are stretched thin at a time when ... “We're turning away work because we don't have the people to do it,” ........

All men are required to register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday.  Failure to register is a felony offense and is also required to be eligible for a federal student loan, job training, most federal jobs, and U.S. Citizenship.  If you are 17, you can submit your information early and you will automatically be registered when you turn 18.  Registration can be done very easily on the Internet or by filling out a card which is available at any Post Office.  http://www.sss.gov/


Iowa College Aid and its partners are providing IHaveaPlanIowa, a web-based career and educational planning system, free of charge to all Iowans.  It helps students identify education and career goals, and tracks progress through college and beyond.  You can find course plans, career assessments and free test prep at www.IHaveaPlanIowa.gov

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