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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.
Jed Foundation: Helping a Friend in Need
Facebook, the Jed Foundation and the Clinton Foundation, have teamed together to share potential warning signs that a friend might be in emotional distress and need your help. Since nearly half of students say that they have been so stressed at some point in the past year that they find it difficult to function, this information is incredibly useful. Parents, these talking points can be helpful ways of approaching your student for needed help in both times of severe trouble and minor stress.
Understanding Award Letters
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As College Fees Climb, Aid Does Too
The good news in the 2010 “Trends in College Pricing” and “Trends in Student Aid” reports is that fast-rising tuition costs have been accompanied by a huge increase in financial aid, which helped keep down the actual amount students and families pay.Continue Reading this Article on The New York Times.com