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Learn about best practices from Naviance users, read customer success stories, and discover new ways to extend the reach of your college and career readiness efforts from a wide-variety of third-party experts.

College Planning: When's Too Early to Begin?

By Stephen M. Smith, President, Advising and Admissions, Hobsons

Filed under: Academic & College Planning, Self-Discovery & Career Exploration, Student Engagement

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​First graders are preparing college wish lists. Fourth graders are taking campus tours. Recent news stories about college and career readiness programs in middle and even elementary schools have intensified the debate about how soon might be too soon to plan for life after high school. Parents ask all the time: When should my child start planning for college?

National Volunteer Week: Spring into Service with Hobsons and x2VOL

By Diana Agnon, Director of Sales & Marketing, intelliVOL

Filed under: Academic & College Planning, Marketplace, News & Events, Self-Discovery & Career Exploration, Student Engagement

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It’s National Volunteer Week in the United States and Canada, so a wide array of organizations are hosting special events to promote volunteerism and engage local residents. The goal is to raise awareness about needs in our communities and encourage volunteerism year-round.

Make Campus Visits Count: Introducing ActiveMatch Events in Naviance

By Emily Goebel, Communications Manager, Hobsons

Filed under: Academic & College Planning, Naviance Network, News & Events

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​Even in the age of online discussions, virtual college tours, and electronic guidebooks, there is still no match for stepping foot in person on a college campus to evaluate whether a college is the right fit. For many students, a campus visit is critical to help them see that college could be a reality and to find the perfect campus environment for them.

A Snapshot on the Use of Individual Learning Plans in the US [Infographic]

By Emily Goebel, Communications Manager, Hobsons

Filed under: Academic & College Planning, Education Policy & Advocacy, Naviance Network, Self-Discovery & Career Exploration, Student Engagement

Across the country schools and districts are recognizing the value of individualized learning plans (ILPs) as a way to bring greater coherence, focus, and purpose to the decisions students make about their education and life goals.

Six Ways to Make College More Affordable

By Stephen M. Smith, President, Advising and Admissions, Hobsons

Filed under: Academic & College Planning, Education Policy & Advocacy, Naviance Network

A college diploma is no longer a luxury. By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the U.S. will require a postsecondary education. Sadly, rising college costs create the perception—and reality—that for many, college is beyond reach. Today, just over 43 million borrowers owe more than $1.2 trillion in student loans, with an average balance of $29,000—outpacing credit card debt and second only to mortgage debt.

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