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NACAC is dedicated to undertaking rigorous, unbiased research exploring issues of concern to college-bound students, their parents and the educators who serve them.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Community Colleges and Transfer

High school counselors generally feel prepared to advise students about community colleges and believe these institutions offer relatively easy application and enrollment processes. However, results of a national survey conducted by NACAC showed that many counselors feel less knowledgeable about transfer policies at area four-year colleges and about comparisons of community colleges to for-profit colleges.

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In Time for 2018 Elections, NACAC Survey Shows Student Activism is on the Rise

The intensity of the current political climate has led to increased activism among students at more than half (52 percent) of all secondary schools across the US, according to survey data from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).

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Survey Suggests Secondary and College Admission Counselors Would Benefit from More Financial Aid Training

Only a minority of high school counselors and early-career college admission professionals report being well-versed in several financial aid topics critical for advising students, but counselors working at schools where training was provided reported higher levels of knowledge on subjects related to paying for college, according to new research.

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Barriers to Successfully Financing a College Education

Examining the role of secondary school counselors and college admission professionals in supporting student decision-making related to paying for college.

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