California Educator

January / February 2017

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A counselor's influence E X A C T LY W H AT K I N D of impact can a high school counselor have on a student's future? A lot, as it turns out. A new study from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) shows that 12th-grade students who meet one-on-one with a school counselor to discuss college admission or financial aid are: • 6.8 times more likely to complete a Free Application for Federal Stu- dent Aid (FAFSA) — the application for financial aid. • 3.2 times more likely to attend college. • Twice as likely to attend a bachelor 's degree program. The NACAC report, "How Can High School Counseling Shape Stu- dents' Postsecondary Attendance?" is one of the few analyses that measure the impact school counselors have on students' lives after high school graduation. " These new findings offer proof of what educators have long known — school counselors play a critical role in encouraging students to plan for the future and navigate the college application process," says NACAC CEO Joyce Smith. "As the country looks for ways to boost college-going rates, NACAC's research proves that investing in school counselors is a powerful strategy to encourage equal access to postsecondary educa- tion." For the full study, see 12 in the know news & notes why this should be the only credit card you reach for Earn more cash back for the things you buy most with the CTA Cash Rewards Visa Signature® credit card. On up to $2,500 in grocery/wholesale club/gas quarterly spend* Learn more or apply today! Refer to Priority Code BAABGO 1% cash back everywhere, every time 2% cash back at grocery stores and wholesale clubs 3% cash back on gas + $100 7 Reasons and more great features! 1.866.867.6323 cash rewards bonus if you make at least $500 in purchases in the first 90 days** For more information about the rates, fees, other costs and benefits associated with the use of the credit card, call the toll-free number above or visit * The 2% cash back on grocery store and wholesale club purchases and 3% cash back on gas purchases apply to the first $2,500 in combined purchases in these categories each quarter. After that, the base 1% earn rate applies to those purchases. ** You will qualify for $100 bonus cash rewards if you use your new credit card account to make any combination of Purchase transactions totaling at least $500 (exclusive of any fees, returns and adjustments) that post to your account within 90 days of the account open date. Limit one (1) bonus cash rewards offer per new account. This one-time promotion is limited to new customers opening an account in response to this offer. Other advertised promotional bonus cash rewards offers can vary from this promotion and may not be substituted. Allow 8-12 weeks from qualifying for the bonus cash rewards to post to your rewards balance. This credit card program is issued and administered by Bank of America, N.A. Visa and Visa Signature are registered trademarks of Visa International Service Association, and are used by the issuer pursuant to license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. ©2017 Bank of America Corporation CC050117 ARFDXCWJ MB0117-AD-CAEDU

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