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Solutions to the High 'Freaking' Cost of College

Jonathan Haber | Posted 04.15.2015 | Education
Jonathan Haber

As I was saying before my house and entire family was frozen into a block of ice for two months, there are solutions to the problems I've been describing over the last several months regarding why college costs so freaking much.

When the Financial Crisis Looms: A Tale of Three Colleges

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 04.14.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

There are a handful of colleges -- largely research universities and the most selective private liberal arts colleges -- that have the endowment, diversity of funding sources, and enrollment brand strength to wait out or even ignore the looming higher education financial crisis. But these are few in number.

The College Credit Card Conundrum

David A. Dedman | Posted 04.07.2015 | Money
David A. Dedman

A large percentage of college kids have not been taught to properly use credit. There are a few reasons for this. It could be that the parents don't understand it completely, so they pass on really bad habits. It could be that they just ignored the conversation at home. Here's why I think giving a college student a credit card is a bad idea.

The Terrible Consequences of Not Managing Your Student Debt Well

Stephen Dash | Posted 04.09.2015 | Money
Stephen Dash

Every year, students prepare themselves for a world of new experiences. Unfortunately, one of these experiences includes taking on a large amount of debt. Students are burdened with an average around $30,000 in student loans before they even enter the workforce.

Our Children Are Our Future? Or Are They...

William Spriggs | Posted 04.03.2015 | Education
William Spriggs

The rest of the world fully understands that a nation going forward, in this century, must have a highly educated population. Historically, this same commitment has not been partisan in the United States.

Youth Must Fight for 15

Hannah Weintraub | Posted 04.01.2015 | Impact
Hannah Weintraub

Young people have taken it for far too long. The exploitation of my generation began quietly with brutal standardized testing and increased rates of childhood poverty. It crescendoed with raising university tuition prices until the stage was set for the grand finale.

Creating the College List

Jeannie Borin | Posted 03.24.2015 | College
Jeannie Borin

If you are flexible and your goal is to attend a university that is a good fit for you, your interests, and your future, then creating a college list is paramount.

Sweet Briar College and the Homogenization of U.S. Higher Education

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 03.23.2015 | College
Mark Yzaguirre

While in the end every school must be a good steward of its resources, a society in which any college is largely interchangeable with another will be a poorer one, and the closure of schools like Sweet Briar College moves us further in that direction.

Why Does Georgia Force Young Immigrants to Look Elsewhere When Chasing the American Dream?

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

Diana Umana was hoping to stay in Georgia to be close to her family and to be able to contribute to her community. But she is doubtful that she can afford the out-of-state tuition rate that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals grantees must pay to attend Georgia colleges. She will be looking for more affordable places elsewhere in the country to attend school.

Student Aid Bill of Rights a Step in the Right Direction

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 03.12.2015 | College
Kyle McCarthy

The president's plan calls for implementing a new complaint forum for student borrowers, a centralized website to track student loans, stricter laws for debt collectors, and possibly even bankruptcy for student loans.

FAFSA Primer: How to Navigate Through the College Aid Maze

Jason Alderman | Posted 03.11.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Whether you're a parent with a child currently in diapers or a student planning to graduate from high school fairly soon, it is worthwhile to study the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) -- a 130-question form that determines who qualifies for a piece of $150 billion in federal grants, loans and work-study funds -- well in advance.

Solving the College Tuition Problem Is Easy

Jay Rosenstein | Posted 03.09.2015 | College
Jay Rosenstein

For many years, athletics relied heavily on their schools to fund sports. But today, thanks primarily to television, sports have become massive revenue generators. At the same time, public universities have seen their funding plummet. It's time to flip the script; one hand helps the other.

UC Santa Cruz Student Protesters Cause Traffic Jam And Shut Down Campus

Dieter Holger | Posted 03.06.2015 | College
Dieter Holger

Millennial angst, for lack of a better term, fueled the 96 hours of demonstrations by students at UC Santa Cruz. Gen Y students are protesting on other University of California campuses against issues like 'police terror,' tuition hikes, and having to pay for education in general.

Higher Education for the Future: Plan B - Where Art Thou?

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 02.25.2015 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

In addition to arguing passionately, even persuasively, that research universities in particular and higher education in general deserve greater state support, we are left with the unspoken question of what else we should be doing.

Paying For College: Are Scholarships Taxable?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 02.26.2015 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

Dear Carrie, My daughter was lucky enough to receive a significant college scholarship. Is this considered taxable income to her? And does her scho...

When It Comes to Affording College, Everyone Deserves a Shot

P.G. Sittenfeld | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics
P.G. Sittenfeld

Education has always been central to the American Dream: the promise that if you work hard, you can achieve anything. Unfortunately, the skyrocketing cost of student loan debt means that when millions of Americans should be building their careers, starting their families, and pursuing their dreams, they are instead being held back.

Politicians Are Always Giving College Students the Shaft: Why Shouldn't They?

Matt Teitelbaum | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Matt Teitelbaum

As a politically active student, I am incredibly frustrated by the lack of political engagement demonstrated by my peers. When asked how they feel about the government, I find young people are very quick to blame politicians for many of their problems.

Students Fight to Keep Affordable College From Becoming Extinct

Jessica Adair | Posted 02.20.2015 | 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.

Let's Give Our Empty-Pocket College Kids a Fighting Chance

Warren Adler | Posted 04.18.2015 | College
Warren Adler

If there was ever a reason to defrock politicians, it is for their inherent inability to remove the needless barrier of debt that impedes the best and the brightest, the most ambitious and creative among the lesser financially endowed.

10 Weird But Worthy Scholarships for Students

Christie Garton | Posted 04.14.2015 | College
Christie Garton

Today, scholarships are necessary for students so they can get the most out of college experience. But not all scholarships are the same. There are some really unique and truly bizarre scholarship opportunities for prospective students.

Republican Rhetoric vs Reality

Sen. Charles E. Schumer | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Sen. Charles E. Schumer

Democrats are encouraged to hear Republicans co-opting our rhetoric on the economy and we stand at the ready to work with Republicans to get things done for the middle class. But only when Republican policy proposals catch up to their rhetoric will we have an opportunity for real solutions.

A Better Way to Spend $60 Billion? Expand Pell Grants

Carolyn Ash | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Carolyn Ash

Let's make an even greater investment in the Pell Grant program. And let's eradicate labor market inequalities that reward white high school dropouts with greater access to jobs than black graduates with a community college degree.

It's Our Turn to Be Generous

Philip Gulley | Posted 04.07.2015 | Religion
Philip Gulley

We have forgotten that we benefited from the generosity of those who went before us. And now it is our turn to be generous, now it is our turn to return the favor, but we don't want to.

The Top 15 Colleges That Pay You Back The Most

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Svokos | Posted 02.05.2015 | College

If you want to avoid years and years of massive student debt and start making good money soon after graduation, a new "Colleges That Pay You Back" lis...

Affording College in a Time of Income Inequality

Equal Justice Works | Posted 04.05.2015 | College
Equal Justice Works

As long as higher education remains difficult to afford for low- and moderate-income families, we are falling short as a society of providing the full social, economic and individual benefits higher education can deliver.