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Launching Your New College Student’s Year

One of the first rites of passage for many new college students may be attending college convocation. What is college convocation?
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2019 College Humor – Summer Job Plans

 The thirteenth comic in the College Parents of America Humor series is now available on Collegeparents.org. This comic, a co-creation of College Parents of America and Hector Curriel, is particularly timely for students and parents negotiating summer budgets before back to school spending begins. 
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Humor – Summer Job

 The thirteenth comic in the College Parents of America Humor series is now available on Collegeparents.org. This comic, a co-creation of College Parents of America and Hector Curriel, is particularly timely for students and parents negotiating summer budgets before back to school spending begins. 
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Record Levels of Adult Children Live with Parents & 3 Tips for Your Family

The share of young Americans living with parents hit a high of 40.9% in 1940, just a year after the official end of the Great Depression, and fell to a low of 24.1% in 1960. It hovered between about 31% and 33% from 1980 to the mid-2000s, when the rate started climbing steadily.
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Data Reveals – What is College Really Like

College Parents often ask what is college life really like. With polarized politics, rising student debt, mental health concerns, and increased institutional efforts to confront and prevent campus sexual assault represent some of the heated national topics that colleges and universities helped us measure in 2016. One resource we greatly respect is the Higher Education […]
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Humor – Summer Job Plans

 The thirteenth comic in the College Parents of America Humor series is now available on Collegeparents.org. This comic, a co-creation of College Parents of America and Hector Curriel, is particularly timely for students and parents negotiating summer budgets before back to school spending begins. 
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Despite stagnating wages, college degree more valuable than ever

In last week's post from the New York Federal Reserve, authors argued that a college degree is at an all-time high. However, that argument comes with a coupld of important caveats. Researchers at the New York Federal Reserve looked through their data, adjusted for inflation and noted that the value of a degree is at an all-time high.
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Determining your student’s graduation number

What's your student's magic number for graduation? Hint: it's probably not the same as "full-time" status.
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Suggested Media: One-in-five individuals in their 20s and 30s living with parents

One in five individuals in their 20s and 30s live with their parents--up from roughly one in ten a generation ago.
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Suggested Media: TED Talk on Trying Something New

   For most college students, you're within a month of beginning as a freshman or within a month of returning to college. In either case, you can probably use a mental refresher about setting new goals for the semester. Or, alternatively, perhaps you want to commit to a new study, work, social or athletic regimen. 
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Heard about the Brookings Institute report on student loan repayment? Here’s why you should be careful with some of its conclusions.

Which data source or data sources upon which your rely to make your argument is incredibly important to the validity of tha conclusion. Failing to properly account for why the Federal Reserve data is a shaky source for student loan repayment success significantly undercuts the argument recenly put forth authors at the Brookings Institute that student loan debt rhetoric and the facts don't match up.
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Suggested Media: Will loan forgiveness offer long-term student debt solution? (PBS News Hour)

   GWEN IFILL: Americans are now carrying student loan debt of over $1 trillion, $125 billion of it added just in the first three months of this year...So what, if anything, could this approach do to help ease the growing problem of student loan debt?For that, we turn to Deanne Loonin, who leads the student borrower program at the National Consumer Law Center. And Richard Vedder, professor of economics at Ohio University and director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.
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College Parents of America, Comic #13

 The thirteenth comic in the College Parents of America Humor series is now available on Collegeparents.org. This comic, a co-creation of College Parents of America and Hector Curriel, is particularly timely for students and parents negotiating summer budgets before back to school spending begins. 
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Mandatory Watching for Recent Grads: Ted Talks on “Graduation… Now What?”

   There are lots of great resources for recent grads. Among our favorites are a series of Ted Talks called "Graduation... Now What?"
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Income-based student loan repayment caps to be applied retroactively

  "10" by Michael Randall (flickr user pigpogm, cc license) On Monday, President Obama signed an executive order that should grant relief to millions of federal student loan borrowers.
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Required Reading Topics for Recent Graduates, Topic 2: Job-Seeking

  career fair at college of dupage, from flickr user codnewsroom, cc license You have (or, your student has) just finished a college degree. Congrats! It's a huge accomplishment. And, perhaps best of all, no more assigned homework. However, just because no one is assigning more reading to be done at home doesn't mean you shouldn't devour writings on important topics. Today, we're suggesting the second of five critical topics for recent graduate readings. We may not be your professor, but these readings still count for pass/fail--in real life. Consider these required readings.
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College Parents Weekend Reading Room (5/30/2014)

  agnes scott college library. image by flickr user jkdatlanta (cc license) Looking for an early jump on your Sunday paper? College Parents of America recommends that you try these recent stories about higher education.
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Required Reading Topics for Recent Graduates, Topic 1: Commencement Speeches

    You have (or, your student has) just finished a college degree. Congrats! It's a huge accomplishment. And, perhaps best of all, no more assigned homework. However, just because no one is assigning more reading to be done at home doesn't mean you shouldn't devour writings on important topics. Today, we're suggesting the first of five critical topics for recent graduate readings. We may not be your professor, but these readings still count for pass/fail--in real life. Consider these required readings. 
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Gallup and Purdue Study Data Reveals Wise, In-College Steps for Post-College Well-Being

  "Happy Graduation!" by Gates Foundation, cc license Data that can be extremely useful for students looking to choose a school has become abundant. College rankings of all sorts and sizes are posted on every corner of the internet, while reports like Payscale’s College Return on Investment demonstrate the difference between economic returns on college choice and major choice.   Yet, while quality data has thankfully alleviated some of the difficulties of pre-college choice optimization, there remains a considerable data gap in helping students seeking to optimize their in-college years for post-college quality of life. Today, however, a new report has provided a framework that may eventually bridge that data gap.
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College Parents of America, Weekend Reading Room (4/25/14)

  image of NYC library reading room by flickr user MichaelKuhn_pics (cc license) Looking for an early jump on your Sunday paper? College Parents of America recommends that you try these recent stories about higher education.
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Getting a Job at Google

The New York Times has recently run a series of articles on how to get hired at Google. However, finding a job at Google is a years-long topic among multiple media outlets. Google's Senior Vice President of People Operations, Lazlo Bock, has given quite a few interviews on how to stand out in the application process and how to fit Google's desired criteria in the interview process.  Not interested in working for Google? Bock's tips should be helpful to most college grads in their current career search.