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The Beginning of the End of Traditional Higher Education

Jeb Harrison | Posted 07.28.2015 | College
Jeb Harrison

Why do so many continue to risk lifelong indebtedness for a diploma? Has a traditional college education become an anachronism in the digital age?

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Day in College

UChic | Posted 07.31.2015 | College
UChic

I Wish I Knew is a series of personal essays written by the courageous young female ambassadors of UChic. Learn how to survive and thrive during your Freshman Year from girls who have been through it.

Congress Wants to Weaken the Pell Program. Here's Why They Shouldn't.

Tom Sullivan | Posted 06.11.2015 | College
Tom Sullivan

Colleges and universities are playing their part in making college accessible and affordable. But we can't do it alone. We need a strong partnership with the federal government, one where Pell awards are increased, not diminished in inflation-adjusted dollars.

The High Cost of College Athletics and Your Tuition

Dr. Philip L. Yeagle | Posted 06.04.2015 | College
Dr. Philip L. Yeagle

To complain about high college tuition is both relevant and popular. College tuition has risen faster than inflation for a generation. For many students and their families, the rise in tuition rates may put access to quality higher education in jeopardy.

How Not to Let Hidden Costs Turn You Into the Bank of Mom and Dad

LearnVest | Posted 05.25.2015 | Parents
LearnVest

Both parents and children often don't realize that they need to rein in that spending until it's too late.

You Got Into College! Now What?

Abigail Seldin | Posted 05.12.2015 | College
Abigail Seldin

From packing up your room to shopping for dorm décor to saying goodbye to your closest high school friends, preparing for your first year of college can get pretty hectic.

Illinois Colleges With the Best 'Value-Added'

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.04.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Some schools offer more value to students than others, even when those schools are similar based on traditional rankings standards. The Brookings Institution looked at colleges and universities in Illinois to determine their "value-added" -- how useful it is for a student to attend a particular school over a similar school.

How Colleges Are Screwing Students Like Me Over

Anna Quesse | Posted 06.29.2015 | 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.

Mind the College Financial Aid Gap

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 06.13.2015 | College
Rebecca Joseph

Last week, I visited two public schools in Los Angeles to help lower and middle class seniors decide which college to accept by May 1. After speaking with these struggling students, I re-designed my presentations for the rest of this month to focus on these five topics.

College Planning Checklist for High School Juniors

Abigail Seldin | Posted 06.09.2015 | Education
Abigail Seldin

The spring of junior year can be one of the most exciting and productive periods in the college search and admissions process. At most schools, it's the time when your high school guidance counselors finally start paying attention to you.

The High Cost of Higher Education

Frank H. Wu | Posted 06.06.2015 | College
Frank H. Wu

Nobody is about to defend the cost of a degree. But changing the description of the faceless bureaucrats who allegedly have overrun campuses by explaining that they are student-services professionals makes all the difference.

Career Development Is Everyone's Job

Gina DeLapa | Posted 06.01.2015 | College
Gina DeLapa

If we take the time to nurture the next generation, we can hold our heads high, knowing we're part of the solution, not just another adult grousing about "kids these days."

The Real March Madness: Slashing Student Aid

Ethan Senack | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Ethan Senack

For decades Congress has recognized that investment in higher education is the pathway to economic growth and a sustainable, healthy workforce, but last week Republicans in Congress released a budget proposal that includes about $150 billion in cuts to student financial aid.

Paying for College: 5 Things to Know About College Financial Aid Letters

Abigail Seldin | Posted 05.17.2015 | College
Abigail Seldin

Don't let the headache of untangling financial aid letters spoil the thrill of getting into college. Here are five things to keep in mind as you evaluate your options for attending and paying for school.

Private Education Loans Need Practical Reform

Suraj Bhatt | Posted 05.13.2015 | College
Suraj Bhatt

The inability to defer private education loans adds tremendous pressure to these students and their families. If a student is in school when repayment must begin, there is an unavoidable shift of responsibility to the co-signer. Is this always fair?

We Could Save Students a Billion Dollars on Textbooks

Ethan Senack | Posted 05.02.2015 | College
Ethan Senack

We need faculty to make the switch and drop their traditional textbook for an open textbook. It's not hard, but it's not easy, and institutions can make a huge impact by providing training and resources for interested faculty to make the switch.

Why You Should Really Go To College, In 2 Charts

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 02.21.2015 | Business

Some people might tell you not to go to college. Don't listen to them.

Students Fight to Keep Affordable College From Becoming Extinct

Jessica Adair | Posted 04.21.2015 | College
Jessica Adair

Much attention has rightly been paid to reforming student loans, such as making sure borrowers can refinance high-interest loans and expanding income-based payment options. These programs, though they would help millions of struggling borrowers, aren't a tourniquet, but only a bandage on a $1.2 trillion student debt crisis.

Why College Might Cost So Freaking Much

Jonathan Haber | Posted 04.11.2015 | College
Jonathan Haber

Can the rise in this average price be pinned on general economic principles (the "cost-disease" argument) alone, or might there still be room to blame inflation in higher ed partially, or entirely, on Bennett's "greedy schools?"

Financial Sense 201: Going Beyond The Classroom And Making Smart Financial Choices Now

Chris Mettler | Posted 04.01.2015 | College
Chris Mettler

It is not possible for every student to graduate from college debt free. However, it is crucial to make smart financial decisions while still in school to limit the financial burden as much as possible, as this will have a direct and lasting impact on your financial health for the rest of your life.

Financial Sense 101: Prepare For College Before The Freshman Fifteen

Chris Mettler | Posted 03.25.2015 | College
Chris Mettler

As students look forward to attending school and experiencing all that college has to offer, they may not be thinking about how to properly manage their money. Making smart financial choices while in school will not only ease the burden of college debt, but also set them up for financial success beyond graduation.

5 Common FAFSA Questions and Answers You Should Know

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 03.16.2015 | Money
Gianna Sen-Gupta

The free application for federal student aid, or the FAFSA, is your ticket to paying for college in 2015, especially if your family can't afford to pay full freight.

Shahien Nasiripour

Obama's Free Community College Plan Promises To Shake Up Higher Ed

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics

Some 9 million Americans could attend community college tuition-free under a proposal President Barack Obama announced Friday. His plan, which is s...

Don't Let the FAFSA Ruin Your Holiday Cheer: 10 Financial Aid Myths Debunked

Abigail Seldin | Posted 02.26.2015 | Education
Abigail Seldin

According to a recent analysis by Mark Kantrowitz, Senior Vice President at Edvisors Network and author of "Filing the FAFSA," roughly 2 million students who could have qualified for need-based Federal Pell Grants in the 2011-12 academic year never filed.

An Economic Agenda for America: 12 Steps Forward

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

The long-term deterioration of the middle class, accelerated by the Wall Street crash of 2008, has not been pretty. Today, we have more wealth and income inequality than any major country on earth.