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“December 2014 BCF Readers’ Forum” 12.16.14

Periodically, I use this space to respond to questions I have received via email or during programs. My intent in sharing both questions and answers is to provide insight into the college-going process and stimulate conversation that leads to informed decision-making with regard to educational futures. As always, your comments are very much valued. To [...]

“Life After the PSAT” 12.11.14

The middle of December is a time of important revelations for many young people as they apply to college. If you are a high school Junior, the chances are you will learn your PSAT result in the next few days. As momentous as this event (the unveiling of your scores) might seem, you need to [...]

“Financial Aid: December College Planning Tips” 12.4.14

Getting into the college of choice might weigh heavily on your mind at the moment, but the odds are the prospect of affording college costs looms even larger. And, if financial aid is critical to your ability to attend that college—or any college for that matter—now is the time to get organized around the possibilities. [...]

BCF Readers’ Forum 11.20.14

Periodically, I use this space to respond to questions I have received via email or during programs. My intent in sharing both questions and answers is to provide insight into the college-going process and stimulate conversation that leads to informed decision-making with regard to educational futures. As always, your comments are very much valued. To [...]


Campus Grotto

America's 100 Most Expensive Colleges

No two things are more stressful to a prospective college student than the question of getting accepted and determining if they can actually afford attending the school of their dreams. The cost of college is no joke, and is something we have tried to put a spotlight on since we started ranking expensive colleges back in 2007, as it is a troublesome debt many students will carry for years to come. The list of the 100 most expensive colleges by total cost (tuition + room & board + required fees) are all private and range from $56,000 all the way up to $65,000 per year. This is a significant jump in price from the average private university cost of $42,419 and (obviously) the average c...

College Search for Beginners

The college search process is long and grueling and often leads to some stressful decision making. Deciding on what college to attend can become an overwhelming experience, and for good reason. After all, there are hundreds of them across the country, all great schools for different reasons. Your first step is to take a deep breath and relax. You want to be completely in control and focused as you go on to make this decision. Here we’ll point you to some useful resources and cover some important topics to get you started in the college search process. In the end, it is you that makes the decision of where to attend college. Parents, teachers, counselors, college search books and websites...

Cool Dorm Room Ideas

When you first enter an empty dorm you may notice the room looks quite minimal and you can’t fathom how you and another roommate are going to live in this space for an entire year. Tiny dorm rooms with cinder block walls, florescent lighting, and little to no carpet come off a little institutional looking and are very uninspiring. While many colleges around the nation have made a push to design more luxurious dorms over the past few years, it's your job to transform your dorm room into a more livable space. This is your home away from home while you’re going to school, so you’ll want to add as much comfort and personality to the room as possible. Given the small size of the room, designi...

Back to School: Best Backpacks for College

Choosing a backpack for college is an important decision when it comes to organization and mobility. You want a bag with multiple pockets to carry all your accessories, make them easily accessible, and protect all your gear. A bag that’s stylish and unique with enough room to hold textbooks, notebooks, chargers and a laptop, while still being comfortable to wear under a heavy load. A new school year means new designs for students to choose from to fulfill all their carrying needs. With the above guidelines taken into consideration, here are our top recommended backpacks and messenger bags for college students. 1. OGIO Commuter Backpack Lots of pockets and interior space make th...



Continuing Education

Reach Your Goal with a Personal Development Plan

A goal like being a better employee or getting a raise is easier to reach when you have a personal development plan.

Be Creative - A Game for Adult Learners

Page three of Be Creative, a game based on Al Beck's Imaginative Symbol-Association, or I S-A (eye-say). Page 3.

New York High School Equivalency Info (formerly...

The information you need to pursue your high school equivalency diploma in New York.

A Few of My Favorite Things

You know the song. These are a few of my favorite things... Use this ice breaker just for fun, or customize it to your topic.


The College Puzzle

Large percentages of low-income students will not complete college and earn credentials until state and campus leaders scale up critical improvements

  BOSTON—December 18, 2014— A new national report released today by Jobs for the Future (JFF) says that a decade of interventions and improvements have fallen short because states and campuses have not taken large enough steps to address their biggest challenge—helping the 12.8 million students enrolled in community colleges earn postsecondary degrees and credentials read more...

AP Achievement Gap Not Closing Despite Large Increases In Low Income students Taking AP

Articles The Advanced Placement Arms Race and the Reproduction of Educational Inequality by Joshua Klugman From 2000 to 2002, the state of California attempted to expand access to Advanced Placement subjects for students attending public schools. This study shows this intervention succeeded in expanding the AP curricula and enrollments at disadvantaged schools; however, schools serving read more...

College Readiness State Tests All Over the Map

50 ways to test As many states began adopting new academic standards(including Common Core}, a need for new college readiness assessments arose. ECS provides a high-level overview of the two Common Core testing consortia and a wide variety of other state college ready testing requirements. ECS provides a snapshot of which assessments are planned in all read more...

How To Keep Yourself Motivated In College:No Matter What

By Melissa Burns Motivation is a tricky thing – we all understand that there are things we ought to do if we want our life to get better: work diligently, look for new ways to enrich our lives, be ready to grasp new opportunities, widen our horizons… but more often than not we cannot be read more...


Cappex College Insider

How to Start a Student Organization

Activities such as organizations, clubs, and volunteer work are important when it comes to college, scholarship, and job applications. Colleges, scholarship providers, and prospective employers are always looking for leadership skills among their applicants. To make yourself stand out, think about something you’re passionate about. If there isn’t already a student organization surrounding that cause […]

The Financial Aid + FAFSA 101 Session: All you need to know about financial aid and more!

Worried about how you’re going to pay for college? Cappex is here to help!   Cappex is hosting an online Financial Aid + FAFSA 101 Session, and it’s FREE for all interested high school students. The session will be lead by one of our financial aid experts, a former college and career counselor. She’ll give […]

Stop What You’re Doing and Get Organized

Learning how to plan, organize, and prioritize your school work and your personal life can help make you more successful. On top of possibly boosting your grades and lowering your stress level, mastering these skills now will help you in every aspect of life from here on out. Honing your organizational skills can make you […]

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