Increased financial aid at private colleges, the ACT is going digital, acceptance rates and more.

Updates on the ACT Tamar Lewin writes in the New York Times on the impact of the ACT exam becoming computer-based beginning in the spring of 2015.

Have you heard of superscoring? On the College Solution, Lynn O’Shaughnessy explains how superscoring the ACT can help your student and names some of the colleges who use the practice. Money

Paying for college Private schools are offering more financial aid to lure incoming freshmen, which translates into lower tuition costs for students, according to Wall Street Journal reporter Ruth Simon.

Also in the WSJ, reporter Rachel Rosenthal writes about the tax advantages of contributing to a 529, even as late as the summer before freshman year of college.

Checklists for May College counselor Rick Hazelton provides this month’s to-do list for high school juniors on the New York Times’ “The Choice” blog.

High school seniors need to be communicating with colleges, guidance counselors and others this month, college counselor J.T. Duck advises on “The Choice.”

Dealing with the waitlist Elizabeth Heaton explains what to do if and when your teen receives the call in a few weeks from his top choice college for USA Today.

IMG_0125Suggestions for the summer Also for USA Today, American University student Mark Lieberman shares what incoming college freshmen should do during the next few months.

It’s never too early to begin that college essay. Rising seniors should take a look at the essay prompts for the 2013-2014 Common Application shared by Tanya Abrams on “The Choice.”

College acceptance rates Here are the facts on the 2013 acceptance rates at a variety of colleges courtesy of the New York Times.

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