Notes in the Margins: Chat rooms, tuition and the fiscal cliff

Colleges using online chat rooms to reach high school students The service, called CollegeWeekLive, is a sort of a virtual college fair, without a crush of students crowding around a table in a school gymnasium. (Los Angeles Times)

More private colleges holding line on tuition At least 24 private schools froze tuition this year and eight cut it, according to the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, which said both totals were unprecedented. Other colleges advertise minimal price hikes. (The Washington Post)

The Best College Newspapers The Princeton Review recently rated the best college newspapers in the country. Penn State’s Daily Collegian topped the list with University of North Carolina’s Daily Tarheel coming in second. (The Huffington Post)

How the Deal on the Fiscal Cliff Affects Financial Aid We’ve asked Mark Kantrowitz, an expert on financial aid and the founder of, to discuss some of the details of the legislation that affect how students pay for college. (The New York Times)

Tulane Sent False Information To U.S. News For College Rankings Tulane informed U.S. News in December that officials had discovered its A.B. Freeman School of Business misreported “average GMAT scores for full-time MBA students entering in fall 2011 and the total number of applicants.” Tulane said the school had misreported a batch of data from the fall of 2010 and possibly in earlier years as well. (The Huffington Post)