A recent Opinion piece in the New York Times titled Athletes Are The Problem, begins: "Like it or not, 40 percent of the class at most top colleges are reserved for "hooked" kids…" This is the kind of media madness that students and parents find so discouraging. For example, we question much of the data in the piece. Regardless, the implicit message is that if you want your student to have a competitive advantage with athletes -- legacies, minorities, fill-in-the-blank -- then you had better find your own ace in the hole and hire a private counselor. But applying to college is not about gaming the system. Instead, let's focus the public conversation where it can be most helpful -- on the best way for students to move through the process in a healthy and productive way. One way to start? Ignore the hysterical headlines.
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Mark Kantrowitz, founder of FinAid.org, is answering reader questions about student and parent loans and scholarships at the New York Times' Choice blog. Kantrowitz will be blogging all week on many aspects of paying for college, including Stafford and PLUS loans, custodial accounts, the impact of trusts on financial aid, and more.
More American students are choosing to study abroad -- not for simply a semester, but for all four years. Check out American Students Gaze Across the Atlantic and See College from Rebecca Ruiz at New York Times' The Choice blog.