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May 25, 2016

You’ve got to make every course count in college. Four years may seem like a long time, but it boils down to, typically, only about 36 courses. As many as a third of those are taken up by breadth requirements, such as English, math, and languages. And major requirements can take over most of the rest. So what should students pick for their few remaining optional courses? Well, if they want to improve their chances of getting a job after graduating, every undergraduate should check out this list of the highest-paying skills. As few as two or three courses in subjects such as statistics or negotiation can provide a skill that commands a premium in the job market. So that’s tuition that is very well spent.

Best wishes,

Money Saving Advice for Parents and Students

This week’s high school senior to-do list
Besides planning the graduation party, you and your high school senior need to check a few other important tasks off your to-do list to make sure the student actually makes it to college this fall. College students now have strong privacy rights, for example, so if parents need to get, say, billing information to be sure tuition actually gets paid, students have to sign a waiver. Here’s a list of the 13 college-related tasks incoming freshmen need to finish in May. Money

Do the Ivies discriminate against Asian students?
An association of Asian-Americans has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education charging that Brown, Dartmouth, and Yale regularly reject Asian-American applicants who are much more qualified than accepted applicants of other races. Inside Higher Ed

“Neighbors 2” is fiction. Here are the facts:
The true history of sororities. Time

Good friendships = college success
Students who have close, supportive friends on campus are much more likely to thrive and graduate. The Atlantic

Save money AND help your child mature: Land the “pink helicopter”
A sociologist finds many parents overindulge daughters in college by micromanaging, rushing to the rescue rather than letting them work problems out for themselves, and paying for luxuries. The research indicates that the daughters of “pink helicopters” often have difficulty transitioning to independent adulthood. Inside Higher Ed 

It’s funny because it’s true
Here’s a funny new website that generates a random academic job title and proposes a crazily inflated salary for it. It’s fun to dream about landing a job as the “Vice Provost for Facilities Technology of the Subcommittee for Employee Technology” for $280,000 a year. University Title Generator

Illinoisans start to vote with their feet
The state’s budget crisis is scaring many applicants and students away from some of its hardest-hit public colleges. The State Journal-Register

Despite the economic recovery, states are still stinting on higher ed funding
Per-student state funding of public colleges averages about $1,500 below its 2007 level, a new study finds. Hechinger Report

This Week's Deadlines and Scholarships

Featured scholarship
Are you a “free thinker”? If you can write an essay on how you’ve challenged some religious beliefs, you may win up to $3,000 from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Deadline: June 1. More info

Important upcoming deadlines
May 25 is the last late registration day for the June 4 sitting of the SATs.

June 1 is the last day Arkansas and New Jersey residents can file their Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and qualify for state financial aid.

ABOUT KIM: Kim Clark, a senior writer for MONEY, paid for classes at four colleges—and degrees from two of them—with jobs, loans, scholarships, and lots of generous financial help from her parents and grandparents. She’s been covering the ins and outs of paying for college for almost 10 years.

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