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Which College is the Best Financial Investment?

Trevor Martin | Posted 11.25.2015 | College
Trevor Martin

In particular, it would be very useful for prospective students to know which colleges offer the most bang for their buck, and a good approximation for this goal is to rank colleges by the ratio of student earnings after graduation to their debt at graduation.

eTextbooks vs Open Textbooks: The Student Lens

Ethan Senack | Posted 11.13.2015 | Education
Ethan Senack

At the end of the day, don't buy the hype. Traditionally published eTextbooks often aren't all they're cracked up to be. If we want a world where learning materials are actually effective, ac-cessible, and affordable, we need to invest in open textbooks.

My Teen Is a Soldier Now

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 11.12.2015 | Parents
Irene Rubaum-Keller

I never thought I'd be writing those words. Jack grew up on the Westside of Los Angeles amongst the rich and famous. Not that we are either, but let me just say that he had to drive a bit to find the nearest recruiting center.

5 Common Mistakes That Increase the Cost of College

Jocelyn Paonita Pearson | Posted 10.21.2015 | College
Jocelyn Paonita Pearson

The cost of college is not declining. And with the constant reminder that student loan debt is getting out of hand, parents and students are trying to find ways to make higher education more affordable. Even so, some families may not even realize that they are voluntarily increasing their expenses.

Whipsaw Wednesday: Fake Futures Move Makes Great Short Entries

Phil Davis | Posted 10.21.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

That's how the Banksters get their claws in your children as soon as they are old enough to vote. The credit card debt they use to get by while paying off their loans also may not be discharged in bankruptcy thanks to Bush's 2005 rule changes.

US Losing Its Dominance in Global Higher Education Market

The Conversation US | Posted 10.14.2015 | Education
The Conversation US

The media frequently reports on the number of international students studying in the United States. And that is exactly how we tend to think about it - students from other countries coming to the US. Yet, a growing number of US students are now looking overseas for their college degree.

Hillary Clinton: College Costs Are 'Outrageously High'

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics

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Valuing Survey Data on the Value of College

Hunter Gehlbach | Posted 10.02.2015 | Education
Hunter Gehlbach

In the past forty-eight hours media outlets from The Chronicle of Higher Education to the Wall Street Journal have posted headlines questioning the value of college. Their stories stem from a new poll of alumni reporting that only half of those polled strongly agree that college was worth the cost of attending.

Education Should be Radical, Magical, Unruly and Beautiful

Steve Nelson | Posted 09.09.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

DeBoer offers a messy but powerful indictment of the "corporatization" of higher education, bemoaning administrative bloat, glamorous facilities, glossy promotion, political correctness and much more.

How To Bring Down Exorbitant College Costs

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 08.29.2015 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

Lawmakers from across the country are in a perennial tug-of-war over the best ways to make college affordable and to find solutions to the student debt crisis, and so are several presidential hopefuls.

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

1,000 Dreams Fund | Posted 07.31.2015 | College
1,000 Dreams Fund

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

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?