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U.S. Department of Education Updates its Most & Least Expensive College Lists

  screenshot of heading graphic on http://collegecost.ed.gov/catc/ The U.S. Department of Education updated its most expensive and least expensive colleges list. This now marks the fourh year in a row that such data has been released.
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College Parents Weekend Reading Room (6/27/14)

  Duke's Trinity College Library Reading Room, image by flickr user Duke Year Looks 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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Statistics of the Day: Chegg Survey, ACHA-NCHA II on Campus Safety

  photo from flickr user Michael TheisFrom Chegg's The Student Hub survey of College and High School students:Women are markedly more concerned about on-campus violence than men:  41% of female students rank non-lethal assaults, including sexual assault, as a top concern on campus, while only 25% of male students do – that’s almost half. Conversely, 66% of male students rank property crimes as a top concerns, with only 48% of female students saying that.  
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College Parents of America, Weekend Reading Room (6/20/14)

  Harvard College Library inscription. Image from flickr user Houghton Modern (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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College Safety Statistics: Dormitory Robberies and Burglaries, 2010-2012

  "Burglars Burgle Elsewhere" by hobvias sudoneighm, cc license As part of our series investigating safety statistics for college campuses, College Parents of America presents our newest offering: incident rates of robberies and burglaries in student housing.  Robberies and burglaries are fairly common occurrences in residence halls. Such a statement is corroborated by the Department of Education's collection of safety data on the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool. Using that tool, one can find out that between 2010 and 2012, there were 33,883 robberies and burglaries in residence halls across the nation--an average of over 11,000 per year. 
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College Safety Statistics: A Primer

 photo from flickr user Michael Theis Over the next few weeks, College Parents of America will be evaluating data on college safety and releasing some helpful lists. However, given that this topic is oft-covered in the media, it is important to sort through and contextualize this information. This post, originally written by College Parents of America in May 2013, serves as a primer to understanding college safety articles. Please read on and follow along in the coming weeks as we release data-driven lists on issues, incident rates and arrests concerning college safety. 
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College Parents of America, Weekend Reading Room (6/13/14)

    image by flickr user utah state library (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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The Role of Grandparents in Saving and Paying for College

  sallie mae, how america pays for college, figure 11 It's been known for a while that grandparents help their grandchildren to save and pay for college. But what is that role exactly? Little has been known before. For instance, in Sallie Mae's How America Pays for College, grandparents are lumped into a category with friends and other relatives. In all, this group contributes 5%.  Such data tells us little about the role of grandparents. However, a new Fidelity Investments illuminates the generosity of grandparents when it comes to college savings.
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College Parents of America, Weekend Reading Room (6/6/14)

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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Research indicates the loss of a parent affects chances of obtaining a college degree

  image by flickr user lee morley, cc license For every two years of college, 1.7% of students can expect a parent to pass away. This statistic, from Balk, Walker and Baker's "Prevalence And Severity Of College Student Bereavement Examined In A Randomly Selected Sample," shows how common parent death is among college students. In numbers alone, 1.7% of students translates to roughly 360,000 college students in the U.S. over a two-year period.  Compounding this astounding rate of loss and heartbreak is the fact that losing a parent can effect educational attainment.