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The Answer Sheet Archive: College Life

How to avoid college scholarship and aid scams

The good news: Billions of dollars are available for scholarships and financial aid for college-bound students. The bad news: It isn’t that hard to get scammed, or to wind up paying for services that you could have received for free.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 15, 2011; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  College Life  | Tags:  college costs, college financial aid, college scholarships, fafsa, federal student aid, financial aid, free scholarships, how to get student aid, paying for college, scholarship scams, scholarship search, student aid  
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Are college campus smoking bans draconian?

Is it fair to ban smoking anywhere on a college campus?

By Valerie Strauss  | January 17, 2011; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  College Life  | Tags:  bans on smoking, nonsmokers rights, smoking, smoking at school, smoking bans, smoking on campus, smoking rights  
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University of Virginia reforms speech code

The University of Virginia has eliminated four controversial policies that restricted the free speech of students and faculty, becoming one of a minority of schools across the country to do so.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 29, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  College Life, Higher Education  | Tags:  FIRE, free speech, free speech on campus, speech codes, university of virginia  
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Teaching college kids to 'pilot their own helicopter'

Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov writes that colleges make a mistake when they urge parents to drop their kids off at college and quickly drive away. The trick is to strike a balance between too much parental involvement and too little.

By Valerie Strauss  | October 12, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  College Life, Guest Bloggers, Parents, Student Life  | Tags:  adjusting to college, college admissions, helicopter parents, marvin krislov, oberlin, oberlin college, parents, university of michigan  
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How to make schools safer for gay students

Here are new recommendations for schools to address safety concerns of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students in the wake of four suicides of gay students in three weeks.

By Valerie Strauss  | October 4, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  College Life, Guest Bloggers, Kevin Welner  | Tags:  gay students, gay suicides, harassment of gays, harrass and gays, lgbt, lgbt students, lgbt suicides, safe campuses, safe schools, students suicide, suicides  
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Where kids study in Europe, and what they should do now

Europe is the top destination for college students studying abroad. Here's information for families with students there now, or planning to go, in light of the State Department's travel alert issued today.

By Valerie Strauss  | October 3, 2010; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  College Life  | Tags:  al-Qaida, bin laden, europe, students in europe, study abroad, study europe, terrorism, terrorism alert, terrorist attacks, travel alert, travel destinations, travel safety, travel tips, travel to europe  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Tyler Clementi and all of the bystanders, Valerie Strauss , October 1, 2010
Student gets in trouble for e-mail on scooter parking, Valerie Strauss , September 26, 2010
How to help your child adapt to college life, Valerie Strauss , September 2, 2010
As he heads to college, a freshman looks back, Valerie Strauss , August 21, 2010
A how-to-get-through-college book for parents, Valerie Strauss , July 20, 2010
College Tour '10 resumes (with links), Valerie Strauss , June 24, 2010
Ann Curry gives wrong commencement speech , Valerie Strauss , May 26, 2010
A 94-year-old woman earns college degree , Valerie Strauss , May 16, 2010
How to get the right college roommate , Valerie Strauss , May 10, 2010
How safe are college campuses? , Valerie Strauss , May 4, 2010
New data on campus violence, Valerie Strauss , May 3, 2010
Social media addiction: Worse than you think , Valerie Strauss , April 28, 2010
Latest college trend: Mixed-gender dorm rooms, Valerie Strauss , March 16, 2010
Yale saves with colder buildings , Valerie Strauss , February 4, 2010
Alcohol, drug use: Colleges should tell parents, Valerie Strauss , February 2, 2010
Willingham: Textbooks too much, Valerie Strauss , January 18, 2010
 
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