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So How Much Will It Cost to Send Your Child to College This Year?

Jodi Okun | Posted 07.07.2013 | College
Jodi Okun

Even experienced parents who have been through the college process before are trying to figure out the sequester's effects on financial aid, but for those parents who are sending their first child to college, the process can be overwhelming.

Time To Get Serious on Student Loan Debt

Rep. Karen Bass | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Rep. Karen Bass

Last month marked the one year anniversary of student loan debt crossing the $1 trillion mark -- making it second only to mortgage debt. Americans now owe more in student loan debt then credit card or automobile debt with the past 10 years showing a staggering 511 percent increase.

A Student Debt Crisis Is Looming, According to Alarming Trends

Bobby Brannigan | Posted 07.04.2013 | College
Bobby Brannigan

This rise in college students pursuing four year programs seems like it can only be good. Pursuing education is vital to individual success and the collective trend towards higher education across the population is a positive trend. But are there any costs associated with this upward trajectory?

4 BIG Ways To Save Your Money For College

This article was written by teen reporters from The Mash, a weekly publication distributed to Chicagoland high schools. By Gabrielle Angelica Abesa...

College Affordability: Now Is the Time

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. | Posted 07.01.2013 | College
Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.

Helping to pay for one's college education adds meaning to life's lessons learned and adds value and context while in higher pursuits. But it's unconscionable to think that just about the only way for someone to go to college full-time is to go into debt with student loans.

High School Seniors Have No Idea How Much College Debt They'll Be In

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 04.23.2013 | Business

Half of all high school seniors have no idea how much money they'll need to borrow to pay for college, a new survey from the Credit Union National Ass...

5 Ways to Avoid College Debt

GalTime | Posted 06.11.2013 | College

Despite the fact that tuition costs show no signs of decreasing, you can become less reliant on loans and more focused on a secure financial future by following a few easy rules.

Digging Deeper Into Student Loan Debt

Mike English | Posted 06.09.2013 | College
Mike English

Student loan debt is used to make an investment in human capital. Since this investment may seem intangible to young people, they may start to wonder: is college worth it?

I Am Not a Loan

Jonah Edelman | Posted 06.05.2013 | College
Jonah Edelman

What can we tell the parents? We know that not having a bachelor's degree cost the average American about $1 million in lost earnings over his or her lifetime. The parents discuss, and intrinsically understand, the enormous benefits of broadening one's mind and horizons through higher education.

Anonymous Donor's $25,000 Will Return Student To College

Posted 03.27.2013 | Business

Chicago resident Monte Johnson and his grandmother want to say "thank you" to a special someone who sent Johnson $25,000 -- money he'll use to re-enro...

Facing The Gap In The Financial Award

W. Kent Barnds | Posted 05.26.2013 | College
W. Kent Barnds

The coming weeks will bring gasps from students and families involved in the final phase of choosing a college -- usually when they open the financial aid award letter from a college and see their expected out-of-pocket cost.

How to Read Financial Aid Offers

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 05.20.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Since paying for a college education is like buying a new car every year for four consecutive years, understanding what you're getting into is a must. Here's how.

Finding the Value in College Affordability

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 05.19.2013 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

What's a college education worth these days? Amid rising costs of tuition and an economy still rebounding from recession, higher education consumers and observers are increasingly asking that question -- and with good reason.

Talking 'Bout My Generation

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

If you are under 40, your generation is getting utterly screwed compared to mine, and you should be in the streets. There are plenty of injustices in this country, but they have little to do with old versus young and everything to do with the one percent versus everyone else. You don't have to cut my Social Security benefits to give your generation a decent break. The secret sauce of my generation was that when I was young, prosperity was widely shared, ladders were plentiful, and tax rates were progressive. If gazillionaires pay their fair share, and we invest adequately in the young, there's no reason why Generations Y and Z can't enjoy the same economic tailwind that my generation did. That, however, will not just happen. It requires a politics -- and not the politics of young versus old, much less the politics of austerity.

Students Must Own Their Education

Dr. David Svaldi | Posted 05.08.2013 | College
Dr. David Svaldi

Back in the day, it was acceptable to take time to "find yourself." Going to college was the start of a journey in which students might take courses in many different disciplines and then, at some point, make a choice regarding a career focus. But things have changed.

Katy Hall

Why College Students Should Be Worried | Katy Hall | Posted 03.26.2013 | College

The February jobs report released Friday showed the unemployment rate at 7.7 percent, its lowest level in four years. Job gains were better than expec...

Are You Sure College Is Really Worth All The Time and Money?

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 05.04.2013 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

There are proponents on either side who either say: 1) college costs too much and students don't really get that much out of it anyway, or 2) if young people want to get ahead in life, a college degree is essential. I am inclined to follow the latter dictum.

College Education Cost: The Risks Ahead

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 05.04.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

The Department of Education raises legitimate concerns about sticker price. The American public needs to be better educated about what this means for them. Higher education leadership must be prepared to address consumer concerns.

Money Matters on Campus: Finances Stress College Students

Mary Johnson | Posted 04.29.2013 | College
Mary Johnson

A new study released today, entitled "Money Matters on Campus," provides a first-of-its-kind look at how college students' early attitudes and behaviors affect positive and negative financial outcomes.

Numbers Don't Lie -- A Cost/Value Analysis of a Liberal Arts Degree

Janet Riggs | Posted 04.28.2013 | College
Janet Riggs

Not only is a liberal arts education not as expensive as news stories lead us to believe, but there may be no better investment in America today.

A Scorecard Is No Way to Pick a College

Patricia McGuire | Posted 04.23.2013 | College
Patricia McGuire

Nowhere in the recently released White House "college scorecard" can I find a section about a school's worth in inspiring careers in public service, working for social justice, living simply, not exalting money as the only benchmark worth talking about. Instead, it equates excellence with salaries.

How Much Choice Do You Really Have?

Carmin Chappell | Posted 04.19.2013 | Teen
Carmin Chappell

There have been times when I have failed to realize the true privilege of choice. Attending college, let alone choosing between multiple colleges, is an opportunity that many teens will never experience.

Financial Aid for the Savvy Consumer

Mary Johnson | Posted 04.16.2013 | College
Mary Johnson

Most families tend to overestimate college costs, and with a little preparation and persistence you and your child will find a school that's within your financial reach. Here are some tips for getting started.

No Beautification Without Education

The Miami Hurricane | Posted 04.08.2013 | College
The Miami Hurricane

College has turned into a business proposition. Students invest their time and money in exchange for a degree that will hopefully secure them a spot on the pathway to success.

Should Colleges Try To Be Like Country Clubs?

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.01.2013 | Teen

Although American universities are often criticized for spending large amounts of money on elaborate residence halls, recreation centers and other ame...