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Higher Ed and Capitalism: The Best of Frenemies

Kate Blanchard | Posted 05.26.2015 | College
Kate Blanchard

The announcement that the University of North Carolina system is cutting 46 degree programs comes as no real surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to higher education. Higher education has had its heyday, and is now in the midst of a long, slow decline.

Why Does College Cost Too Much? Ask Karl Marx.

Dr. Bonnie Snyder | Posted 05.26.2015 | College
Dr. Bonnie Snyder

The college tuition system is the most socialized sector within our capitalized economy; this is why it's completely disconnected from rational market forces and makes no logical sense. So, if you're wondering why college costs are out of control, ask Karl Marx why idealism has yet to trump reality.

Americans Gorge on Slogans: O'Kane Shows, More Than Tells

Ximena Ortiz | Posted 05.22.2015 | Books
Ximena Ortiz

The public demurs from facing reality and accepting measures that might fix the problems, based on a misplaced--and manipulated--appreciation of self-reliance and freedom, O'Kane explains and illustrates.

Debt-free Degrees, Workforce Development, and 100 Business Leaders at the White House

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Julian L. Alssid

Eighteen months away from the 2016 election, our national workforce and higher education policy arena already includes the campaign trail nearly as much as it does our nation's capital.

Going Left: Hillary Plays the Shifts

Alan Kelly | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Alan Kelly

I race sailboats. Not yachts. Sailboats. The kind that don't come with cupholders and require only three sober souls to keep her fast and upright. To my chagrin, sailing is right there with croquet in lists of the most popular sports.

Higher Education Is Not Just an Investment

Benjamin Powell | Posted 05.22.2015 | College
Benjamin Powell

Stories will focus on students' heavy debt burdens and poor job prospects, and call the investment in higher education a failure. Young grads do face difficult challenges, but the problem is not that their "investment" doesn't pay off.

But I Was Lucky: It Wasn't Rape

Yenli Wong | Posted 05.15.2015 | College
Yenli Wong

Rape does not occur in a vacuum -- there are many types of sexual violence and colleges need to take all of them seriously.

How To Easily Finance Multiple College Funds

Amandah Blackwell | Posted 05.11.2015 | Money
Amandah Blackwell

College seems to get more expensive each year. With increases in tuition and fees, parents with multiple kids wonder how they'll manage to pay for or at least help pay for half of their children's college educations.

Bring Back Free College and Cancel Debt for the 'In-Betweeners'

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

This new movement for free higher education is a very welcome, and very American, development. But it raises an uncomfortable question: What do we do about the 41 million Americans who are burdened with student debt today?

Essential Advice About Paying Back Your Student Loans - Part II

Beth Kobliner | Posted 05.15.2015 | Money
Beth Kobliner

The total nationwide student debt currently hits $1.2 trillion (yes, that's trillion). 70% of students are graduating with loans, and the average amount owed by each grad is $30,000. That first-job-out-of-school salary may not cut it.

The Reason Starbucks Employees Were Hesitant To Embrace Its College Tuition Program

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 04.29.2015 | College

At the beginning of April, Starbucks announced an expansion of its college tuition assistance program, which now covers four years of schooling instea...

How Colleges Are Screwing Students Like Me Over

Anna Quesse | Posted 04.29.2015 | Teen
Anna Quesse

College shouldn't cost that much. There is no justifiable reason as to why we have to pay that much money. None.

Lowering the Interest Rate Won't Solve the Student Debt Crisis

Bob Hildreth | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Bob Hildreth

Senator Elizabeth Warren has reintroduced her bill allowing borrowers with outstanding student debt to refinance at lower rates. This will certainly appeal to those students with high-interest rates in the 7-8 percent range, but it won't help those struggling to pay their debt.

Before a Decision

Jeannie Borin | Posted 04.26.2015 | College
Jeannie Borin

It's true that one of the hardest places to be is right before a decision. Options to weigh, pros and cons to think about and discuss, research to do and connections to make can be a few of the mind queries before a decision is made. Before a decision is made about which college to attend, several variables should be carefully reviewed

"D" Day for College Is May 1: Four Steps to a Wise Choice

Lisa Kaess | Posted 04.22.2015 | College
Lisa Kaess

The good news is that whether you attend a public or private school, attending -- and most importantly -- graduating from college remains a smart choice.

Solutions to the High 'Freaking' Cost of College

Jonathan Haber | Posted 04.15.2015 | Education
Jonathan Haber

As I was saying before my house and entire family was frozen into a block of ice for two months, there are solutions to the problems I've been describing over the last several months regarding why college costs so freaking much.

When the Financial Crisis Looms: A Tale of Three Colleges

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 04.14.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

There are a handful of colleges -- largely research universities and the most selective private liberal arts colleges -- that have the endowment, diversity of funding sources, and enrollment brand strength to wait out or even ignore the looming higher education financial crisis. But these are few in number.

The College Credit Card Conundrum

David A. Dedman | Posted 04.07.2015 | Money
David A. Dedman

A large percentage of college kids have not been taught to properly use credit. There are a few reasons for this. It could be that the parents don't understand it completely, so they pass on really bad habits. It could be that they just ignored the conversation at home. Here's why I think giving a college student a credit card is a bad idea.

The Terrible Consequences of Not Managing Your Student Debt Well

Stephen Dash | Posted 04.09.2015 | Money
Stephen Dash

Every year, students prepare themselves for a world of new experiences. Unfortunately, one of these experiences includes taking on a large amount of debt. Students are burdened with an average around $30,000 in student loans before they even enter the workforce.

Our Children Are Our Future? Or Are They...

William Spriggs | Posted 04.03.2015 | Education
William Spriggs

The rest of the world fully understands that a nation going forward, in this century, must have a highly educated population. Historically, this same commitment has not been partisan in the United States.

Youth Must Fight for 15

Hannah Weintraub | Posted 04.01.2015 | Impact
Hannah Weintraub

Young people have taken it for far too long. The exploitation of my generation began quietly with brutal standardized testing and increased rates of childhood poverty. It crescendoed with raising university tuition prices until the stage was set for the grand finale.

Creating the College List

Jeannie Borin | Posted 05.24.2015 | College
Jeannie Borin

If you are flexible and your goal is to attend a university that is a good fit for you, your interests, and your future, then creating a college list is paramount.

Sweet Briar College and the Homogenization of U.S. Higher Education

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 05.23.2015 | College
Mark Yzaguirre

While in the end every school must be a good steward of its resources, a society in which any college is largely interchangeable with another will be a poorer one, and the closure of schools like Sweet Briar College moves us further in that direction.

Why Does Georgia Force Young Immigrants to Look Elsewhere When Chasing the American Dream?

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

Diana Umana was hoping to stay in Georgia to be close to her family and to be able to contribute to her community. But she is doubtful that she can afford the out-of-state tuition rate that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals grantees must pay to attend Georgia colleges. She will be looking for more affordable places elsewhere in the country to attend school.

Student Aid Bill of Rights a Step in the Right Direction

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 05.12.2015 | College
Kyle McCarthy

The president's plan calls for implementing a new complaint forum for student borrowers, a centralized website to track student loans, stricter laws for debt collectors, and possibly even bankruptcy for student loans.