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Mind the College Financial Aid Gap

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 04.14.2015 | 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 04.10.2015 | 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 04.06.2015 | 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 04.02.2015 | 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 03.23.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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 03.13.2015 | 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 03.02.2015 | 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.

Why College Is Necessary But Gets You Nowhere

Robert Reich | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

A college degree is worth the cost because it at least enables a young person to tread water. Without the degree, young people can easily drown.

We Are More Than an Ivory Tower

Nancy L. Zimpher | Posted 01.20.2015 | College
Nancy L. Zimpher

The documentary Ivory Tower debuts tonight on CNN, and it identifies some very real problems with higher education in this country. It is unacceptable that we would ignore the message of Ivory Tower at our own peril.

Now That Our Daughter Is In College.. Will We Ever Be Able To Retire?

Bradford M. Pine | Posted 01.04.2015 | Money
Bradford M. Pine

No matter how well you plan, it's hard not to wonder. After all, One of the many things you learn when you send your child to a university is that the costs are often much higher than you anticipated.

5 College Tuition Hacks That Could Save You Thousands

Abigail Seldin | Posted 12.30.2014 | College
Abigail Seldin

Families shouldn't be left in the dark about what they'll pay for college. With admissions deadlines rapidly approaching, here is what you need to know.

Save Your Pennies: The Cost to Apply to College Adds Up

Mary Johnson | Posted 12.24.2014 | College
Mary Johnson

High school students and their families getting ready to apply for college are probably most focused on the cost of attending, but they also should be aware of the hefty costs associated with just applying to college.

What Was Your Back-To-School Shopping List Missing? Chances Are You Forgot The College Savings Plan

Judith Ward | Posted 11.29.2014 | College
Judith Ward

The best way for parents to bypass the stress about paying for college is to save for it in advance. Our research shows that every dollar saved ahead of time can equate to almost $2 that won't have to be paid in debt later.

Options to Reduce Higher Education Textbook Costs

S. L. Young | Posted 11.19.2014 | College
S. L. Young

Paying for higher education is a major life expense and investment; however, the unknown costs to pay for textbooks can be overwhelming.

4 Back-to-School Myths About College Textbooks

Ethan Senack | Posted 10.28.2014 | College
Ethan Senack

As students and families begin the school year, let's take a second to dispel some myths about college textbooks. Before we debunk some myths around ...