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College Financial Aid

The Big Dupe: What's the Truth About Student Loans?

Bob Hildreth | Posted 06.23.2014 | College
Bob Hildreth

Even if the government's optimistic accounting system is used, there is little profit to be had from undergraduates. Almost all of the "profit" comes from loans made to graduate students.

The Devil Is in the Details: Sizing Up College Financial Aid Offers

Mary Johnson | Posted 06.01.2014 | College
Mary Johnson

It may seem like some of the schools are offering to cover all of your costs, but the devil may be in the details. As you and your child make the decision about where to send that deposit check by the May 1 deadline, here are some tips for determining what your choice will cost you.

Review Your Offer of Financial Aid With an Eye On Your Future

Maura Kastberg | Posted 06.01.2014 | College
Maura Kastberg

How you present yourself in person and on social media can come into play as admissions and financial aid officers make decisions about your financial aid package and your future.

Dispatch From the Admissions Front

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 05.17.2014 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

A college president's least favorite book title is Silent Spring. Not the one about pesticides and the environment penned by Rachel Carson in 1962. I...

States Consider Offering Free Community College

Stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 03.12.2014 | College

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

How The Government Spends Billions Helping Wealthy Students Go To College

| Jon Marcus | Posted 03.10.2014 | College

It’s not just colleges and universities that are shifting their financial aid from lower-income to higher-income students. Tuition tax credits an...

Another Way Poor Families Are Getting Screwed By Colleges

| Jon Marcus and Holly K. Hacker | Posted 03.09.2014 | College

Data show poorer families are bearing the brunt of college price hikes By Jon Marcus and Holly K. Hacker America’s colleges and universities are...

College Choice and Finances

Mary Johnson | Posted 05.03.2014 | College
Mary Johnson

Over the next month or so, letters of acceptance will be in the mailboxes and inboxes of millions of anxious college-bound seniors and returning adults across the country, which means decision making is in full swing from now until May 1st.

How Exactly Do Colleges Allocate Their Financial Aid? They Won't Say

ProPublica | Marian Wang | Posted 02.25.2014 | College

At the center of the admissions and financial-aid process is a massive information imbalance: Schools make their decisions with detailed data about e...

Don't Forget to Update Your Student Aid Report (SAR)

Maura Kastberg | Posted 02.03.2014 | College
Maura Kastberg

Since these forms are directly related how much and what type of financial aid you receive, it is important that you look over the information for accuracy.

6 Financial Aid Application Mistakes To Avoid

| Posted 01.30.2014 | Teen

By Megan Shuffleton College is expensive (as you’ve probably been told!), so of course financial aid is important. There are several types of aid...

What You Need to Know About Filing the FAFSA

Maura Kastberg | Posted 03.08.2014 | College
Maura Kastberg

It's that time of year again when families that have a child starting college this coming fall need to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Don't make the mistake of assuming you earn too much or won't be eligible for anything.

Maximize Your Access to Financial Aid: Meet Deadlines

W. Kent Barnds | Posted 03.08.2014 | College
W. Kent Barnds

This is serious stuff and is too often ignored or misunderstood. Don't delay

Add Applying for Financial Aid to Your Holiday To-Do List

Mary Johnson | Posted 02.15.2014 | College
Mary Johnson

While you are making your holiday list and checking it twice, don't forget to add a reminder to apply for financial aid. What better gift than knowing you'll have enough money to send your child to college?

New Federal Effort To Explain Financial Aid

AP | Posted 12.04.2013 | College

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department has created an online financial aid toolkit aimed at helping guidance counselors and others who advise st...

Top 5 Reasons You Should Apply for Financial Aid

Jodi Okun | Posted 11.17.2013 | College
Jodi Okun

If the alternatives are spending a little time to receive the financial aid to which you are entitled or putting yourself into debt to avoid paperwork, it seems that applying for financial aid makes much more sense.

Public Universities Leaving Poor In The Dust

ProPublica | Marian Wang | Posted 09.13.2013 | College

By Marian Wang, ProPublicaThis story was co-published with The Chronicle of Higher Ed...

Rising College Tuition: Another Shoe Has Dropped

Bob Hildreth | Posted 11.10.2013 | College
Bob Hildreth

Obama administration's decision to crack down on college tuition hikes has been long in the making. Our deeply flawed student aid model has pushed tuitions so high that the bubble is about to burst.

Asking the Right Questions About the Administration's Cost Proposals

Richard D. Legon | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Richard D. Legon

The president's call for change is a welcome start, but some of the more ambitious aspects of the plan will ultimately require congressional approval -- not an easy hurdle these days -- during the coming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

Social Mission Should Be Part of College Ranking Equation

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 11.03.2013 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Over Labor Day Weekend nearly 300,000 college and university students descended on Boston to begin another academic year, bringing with them energy, v...

Are Parents Flunking College Financial Planning?

Jodi Okun | Posted 10.30.2013 | Parents
Jodi Okun

Don't flunk out when it comes to saving for college. Learn about the true costs and honestly assess your financial situation.

How To Put Yourself Through College

| Posted 08.21.2013 | Teen

By Rachel Wendte It’s finally time to start college! After four years of hard work, you have an acceptance letter that’s made it all worth it. ...

The Financial Aid Lingo You Need to Know

| Posted 08.16.2013 | Teen

By Lily Herman The college admissions process is stressful enough. By the time you get to filling out your financial aid forms, everything might ju...

Pay to Stay at NYU

Cole Bates-Norum | Posted 10.13.2013 | College
Cole Bates-Norum

If NYU continues shutting out students who can't afford its full tuition, it will end up with a homogenous, non-diverse student body. Then again, perhaps that's the point.

Changing Financial Aid Could Save Students, and Taxpayers, Money: Testimony Before the House Education and the Workforce Committee

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

Let's support policies that make sense. We can't be penny-wise and pound-foolish when it comes to higher education and creating a sensible path for the American people to reach their full potential.