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Here’s What a Good Recommendation Letter Looks Like

FILE - A classroom sits empty at the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) in Caracas, Venezuela, July 7, 2021.
FILE - A classroom sits empty at the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) in Caracas, Venezuela, July 7, 2021.

Colleges often require letters of recommendation, especially from a teacher who knows your academic work well. Ilana Kowarski and Cole Claybourn review what makes a good letter stand out in U.S. News & World Report. (August 2023) [[ ]]

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This College Student’s Acceptance Letter Came With a Marching Band

FILE - The Maryland state flag and University of Maryland flag are run across the end zone after a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Indiana, Sept. 30, 2023, in College Park, Md.
FILE - The Maryland state flag and University of Maryland flag are run across the end zone after a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Indiana, Sept. 30, 2023, in College Park, Md.

Alejandro Marroquin, 17, was surprised one morning by a full marching band outside his home, carrying a letter admitting him to the University of Maryland. Read the story from Emily Davies of The Washington Post. (January 2024)

Biden’s Student-Loan Repayment Program Is Starting Up

FILE - People in favor of canceling student debt protest outside the Supreme Court, June 30, 2023, in Washington.
FILE - People in favor of canceling student debt protest outside the Supreme Court, June 30, 2023, in Washington.

The new program could save many borrowers at least $1,000 per year. Danielle Douglas-Gabriel has the details in The Washington Post. (January 2024)

Biden Administration Forgiving Some Student Debt Early

FILE - U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington, March 4, 2022.
FILE - U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington, March 4, 2022.

One of President Joe Biden’s campaign promises was to help Americans with student loans.

Now, the Biden administration plans to forgive debt for those who borrowed less than $12,000 and have been paying their debt for a decade or more. The news comes six months before a self-imposed deadline to launch the initiative.

Danielle Douglas-Gabriel has more in The Washington Post. (January 2024)

Many Scholarships Exist for International Students

FILE - Old Main at North Dakota State University is seen Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023, in Fargo, N.D.
FILE - Old Main at North Dakota State University is seen Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023, in Fargo, N.D.

This guide, from Times Higher Education, lists available scholarships in the U.S. and UK for international students, and answers frequently asked questions about the process. (January 2024)

Is the SAT or ACT Better?

FILE - Students walk through the Harvard Law School area on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., on Nov. 19, 2002.
FILE - Students walk through the Harvard Law School area on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., on Nov. 19, 2002.

US colleges typically accept two admissions tests, the SAT and ACT. Cole Claybourn explains the differences in US News & World Report. (January 2024)

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