Waiving FERPA rights on the college application

When completing college applications, there is always a FERPA Release Authorization section. FERPA stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. FERPA ensures that student records will remain private and information will not be shared with anyone other than the student (and parents if the student is under the age of 18). However, because colleges require transcripts, the FERPA Release Authorization allows the school to send transcripts and other materials to the colleges the student has applied for admission.

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Scholarship Saturday – November 1, 2014

The deadlines for the scholarships that were on this list have passed. To see scholarships that are still accepting applications, visit more recent Scholarship Saturday posts.

Strategies for making college visits less expensive

Stanford Campus Visit

Visiting a college and touring the campus and surrounding community are a great way to get a feel for a college. The brochures and viewbooks students receive from colleges are great, but they cannot tell students if the college is a good fit. Many times, students need to step on campus to see how they feel while they are there. However, the cost of visiting colleges can really start to add up.

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Virtual college tours are a great alternative to an actual college visit

Sometimes college visits are just not possible. Therefore, students should check out the virtual tours offered by many colleges.

Sometimes college visits are just not possible. Therefore, students should check out the virtual tours offered by many colleges.

Most college counselors encourage college bound students to visit the colleges they are considering. However, when students are looking at colleges all over the country, the cost of visiting can really add up. In addition to the physical cost such as airfare, gas, and hotels, it also takes time to travel and take the college tours. When the visit is out of the question, at least when trying to narrowing down the college list, a virtual tour is a great alternative.

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The Clery Act and prospective college students

On the most recent episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, the Clery Act was mentioned briefly. Law and Order is known for taking recent news stories, changing them a bit, and then broadcasting the show to millions of viewers every week. Many of the terms and laws they discuss on the show are real, including the Clery Act. While the Clery Act is not a household name, prospective college students and their families should be aware of the information the Act provides.

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