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Resources for college applicants

The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (clcu) has released four new resources for students, parents, and school counselors to assist current and aspiring college-bound students. The 2008 editions of Your College Search, Admissions and Financial Aid Bulletin, College Quick Tips, and a new color poster mapping independent campuses throughout the state, clarify the college search and financial aid process, and provide suggestions for making the most of the college experience.

All resources are now available online at www.nycolleges.org or, to request free hard copies, call 518-436-4781 extension 31.

Your College Search – Finding The Right College: Choosing a college or university that is the best “fit” is an important decision. Available in both English and Spanish, Your College Search provides valuable information as students and their parents begin this process.

The 44-page publication includes short descriptions of the 100+ independent colleges and universities in New York, including tuition information, majors and degree programs offered, location, size, and financial aid and admission application requirements and deadlines.

Your College Search includes a college application process timeline, a worksheet to help students determine which colleges would be a good match, and advice on applying for financial aid.

Complementing the Your College Search guide is a color-coded poster that maps out the state’s independent colleges and universities by region, allowing students to use location as a factor in their college search, as well as helping parents plan college visits.

Admissions and Financial Aid Bulletin – learning the basics: For those who have completed the college search and are now dealing with the more practical reality of selecting and paying for higher education, cIcu offers the 2008 Admissions and Financial Aid Bulletin.

The bulletin outlines what to do following receipt of college acceptance and financial aid letters, how to cover college costs, and the various elements of financial aid packages.

For a more extensive guide to financial aid, cIcu also produces Affording College, available online and in print by request.

Outreach and Enrichment Programs – summer and year-round enrichment programs for junior high and high school students: An online catalog of summer and year round programs at independent college and university campuses for junior high and high school age students is now available online at www.nycolleges.org.

The guide, Outreach and Enrichment Programs, prepared by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu), includes a wide variety of on-campus offerings, from academics to athletics to the arts. The publication also lists available research apprenticeships, career discovery programs, college preparation programs, and internships. Some programs are aimed at local students, while others offer the opportunity to live in campus residence facilities.

College Quick Tips – making a successful transition: For students who will soon be college-bound, clcu’s College Quick Tips offers practical advice on how to deal with roommates, make the most of the opportunities available on campus, and achieve academic success. The brochure also encourages students who have not yet enrolled in college to initiate their college search (it’s never too late to go!).

To order free copies of these materials, call 518-436-4781 extension 31 or visit www.nycolleges.org.

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