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Are private high schools better than public high schools?

Are private high schools better than public high schools? In Los Angeles tuition and fees at the most exclusive non-residential private high schools ranges between $38,000 and $41,000 a year. Annual tuition at the top Los Angeles Catholic high schools is between $17,000 and $20,000. In other words, private high school tuition is comparable to many private colleges, and much higher than tuition and fees to a University of California campus. 2016/2017 tuition and fees for UCLA is about $15,000.

Is private high school worth the price of admission? Do college bound students at private high schools perform better in college? Do they have greater job satisfaction?

Palisades Charter High School senior (and College Pathways client) Clara Epstein w...

Life Lessons: Swim Hard, Marry Well

Two recent events caught my attention and both resonated with the message we send to students regarding their writing, especially application essays. Both incidents exposed hypocrisy in how the written word is valued and evaluated, and both reek of class bias and institutional hypocrisy. One example was immediately exposed, and the other is obscured by a crime so heinous the writing example wasn’t even on the radar.

The Princess Gets a PassOn the first night of the Republican National Convention Melania Trump read a heartfelt speech from the teleprompter praising her husband as a kind and caring person, a true American, and a hard worker. Then she went on to talk about her own values and her dreams for America’s children in a ...

The New SAT

In last month’s IECA Insights magazine, Jed Applerouth, founder of Applerouth Tutoring Services, wrote a straight forward assessment of the new SAT. He says it will be “the hardest SAT we’ve ever seen and significantly harder than the ACT.” The new SAT is designed to coordinate with the Common Core curriculum, and according to Applerouth, it “may intimidate certain students and drive them toward alternative assessments.” One thing is for sure; it will require educators and students to rethink the test prep timeline.

You can read Jed Applerouth’s article here:

Advising Your Students About the New SAT

Career & Assessment Expert Emily Pennington Joins College Pathways

I’m excited to announce the addition of career and assessment expert Emily Pennington to the College Pathways team. Emily holds an M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University. She has worked as a Career Counselor at Azusa Pacific University, the University of La Verne, and Loyola Marymount University and has years of experience helping high school and college students identify their passions and their paths. College Pathways will include Emily’s service as part of the all-inclusive college admission service package, or as a separate service for students who just need more insight into career planning or curriculum guidance. Emily will help answer the questions: What should I do? What shoul...

SCOTUS KO’s Race Sensitivity In College Admissions. Quit yer Whinin’!

On April 22nd the Supreme Court decided that race could not be used as a factor in college admission if the majority of the voters in a state decided to prohibit it. In 1996 California voters passed Proposition 209 ending any considerations of race or ethnicity in public university admissions sending affirmative action to its grave. The recent Supreme Court case (Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action) affirmed a similar Michigan law passed in 2006. If voters in a state want to pass a law making affirmative action legal then the Supreme Court is presumably okay with it. Slavery, Jim Crow, Redlining, recent attacks on voting rights targeted at racial minorities – none of that matters because as Chief Justice Roberts says...

Financial Aid Expert Bill Smith Joins College Pathways

I’m thrilled to welcome top financial aid expert Bill Smith to the College Pathways team. With a unique background creating online financial aid calculators for colleges with large endowments, Bill brings one of a kind expertise to financial aid consulting. As he worked with more and more colleges he became an expert at calculating need: determining the EFC (Expected Family Contribution) using both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile methodologies. He also became an expert in “packaging,” the process colleges use to determine how much merit and need based aid to award, and the mix of gift aid, loans, and work-study. Bill’s early work made him the “go-to” resource when the federal government mandated that all...

Mi FAFSA Es Su FAFSA: When Something is Nothing

The deadline for submitting the FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to the UC and Cal State systems is March 2nd. Many private universities have similar deadlines. For those of you who are new to the financial aid maze, the FAFSA is the financial aid application used by colleges to determine eligibility for need based federal financial aid, i.e., grants, low interest loans, and work study. In California the FAFSA must be submitted for the student to be eligible for a Cal Grant and the new California Middle Class Scholarship. The Middle Class Scholarship is for undergraduate students from families with incomes up to $150,000 who attend a University of California or Cal State campus. Grants and scholarships do not have to be r...

All Debt is Not the Same

My old college roommate, Carl, called me the other day. After the usual catch-up on kids and creaky knees he sheepishly admitted that he was over his head in credit card debt. In fact, he owes about $28,000 in plastic. He accumulated this debt not by acquiring gadgets and goodies, or taking lavish vacations, but by starting a new business; you know, entrepreneurship for a brighter, more prosperous future. So far his business isn’t doing too well and he has to borrow more just to make minimum payments on all the debt. Says he feels like the hood ornament for the entire national consumer debt disaster.

When I heard his plight a light bulb went off in my head. I suggested he make a proposal to his creditors they wouldn’t be able ...

$999 UC/Cal State Application Assistance

This year due to the increased number of resident California students interested in applying exclusively to California public universities College Pathways is offering a complete UC/CSU-only package for $999.00. It’s a good value for families who want professional and experienced guidance with all aspects of the California applications including the UC personal statements and financial aid.

Should you decide to apply to additional colleges later on your UC/CSU fee will be applied to the full service package. Remember, the CSU application period is October 1st to November 30th, and the UC application may be submitted from November 1st to November 30th. Call 866-769-4944 now and get a head start on UC/CSU campus selection and the UC e...

Steve Burleigh On Staff at UCLA Extension

Steve Burleigh Teaching at UCLA Extension College Counseling Program

I am now teaching an online course called The Business of Educational Consulting for the UCLA Extension Certificate In College Counseling Program for the spring 2012 term. It’s an honor to have been asked. As a graduate of the CCC program I’m very familiar with the rigorous standards UCLA has for instructors in all of the certificate programs. It’s been a thrill to design the course and learn the online teaching techniques required to facilitate professional online learning. Instructors are now encouraged to incorporate various types of media into the course to enhance the learning experience and make the material accessible to all types of learners. It...