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Cost of College

The Loan-Down on Student Loans

Uloop | Posted 07.14.2015 | College
Uloop

"Student loans": no two words any student or parent wants to think about. The mention of the phrase "student loans," or worse, "student loan debt," is enough to make anyone cringe in utter disgust and confusion.

Community College and the American Dream

Daniel Greenstein | Posted 06.29.2015 | Education
Daniel Greenstein

Education changes lives and puts the American Dream within reach for millions of people. We see this every day at City Colleges of Chicago, a system of seven community colleges that has set a high bar for the success of every student, and accepts no excuses for failure.

American Universities are Not Fortune 500 Companies But Increasingly Model Them

Sanford Jay Rosen | Posted 05.29.2015 | Education
Sanford Jay Rosen

It seems that Yale and other great American universities increasingly are being run from the top as though they were like Fortune 500 companies, investment banks and hedge funds. If so, what does that say about America? How do we make it stop?

How Not to Let Hidden Costs Turn You Into the Bank of Mom and Dad

LearnVest | Posted 05.25.2015 | Parents
LearnVest

Both parents and children often don't realize that they need to rein in that spending until it's too late.

Solutions to the High 'Freaking' Cost of College

Jonathan Haber | Posted 06.15.2015 | 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.

The Feds Can Make This Change Today and Help Students Better Afford College Tomorrow -- So Why Haven't They?

Justin Draeger | Posted 06.09.2015 | Education
Justin Draeger

What if, with just one small change, we could give families an earlier estimate of college costs and alleviate some of the administrative burden on schools? It's possible -- and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has the authority to enact it today.

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.

College Students Are Robots?

Dr. Philip L. Yeagle | Posted 05.31.2015 | Education
Dr. Philip L. Yeagle

While there are many problems in higher education and each of these issues deserves careful analysis, I focus here on the individual student and her/his educational experience in the electronic age.

Contemporary Challenges Facing American Higher Education

Dr. Kevin Manning | Posted 05.19.2015 | College
Dr. Kevin Manning

College and universities have always had mottos, usually expressed in Latin, that captured the essence of their missions -- truth, light, reason, and other words that drilled the purpose of education down to its essence.

Student Aid Bill of Rights a Step in the Right Direction

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 05.12.2015 | 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.

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

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 04.27.2015 | 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.

4 Reasons You Should Not Send Your Child to College

Adam Rico | Posted 03.28.2015 | Parents
Adam Rico

Creating an enjoyable career has much more to do with looking inward than it does with chasing high income levels. Understanding your child's personality, strengths and interests will help you influence their post-high school choices.

Cost Disease

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.27.2015 | Education
Jonathan Haber

If higher education (like dentistry) are craft services where the efficiencies we've seen in factory production over the last century are not easily applied, what can explain the rapid rise in costs of these boutique industries since the 1980s?

Free Tuition for Community College

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.26.2015 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

Currently, we have only a few of the specifics, and this week I will write about: what I do know about the proposal; the need for more particulars; arguments in favor of, and in opposition to, the proposal; and an alternative proposal.

Tuition Discounting

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.22.2015 | College
Jonathan Haber

Given the nature of averages, if some people are paying full retail then a lower average can only mean that others are paying much less. And the difference between sticker price and what people actually pay is referred to as "tuition discounting."

Blame the Schools!

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.15.2015 | College
Jonathan Haber

If you read enough books and articles, or watch enough news segments about why colleges cost so freaking much (and supposedly deliver little for the price), a consensus emerges that tends to include the following premises.

'Free' Community College: Gift Horse or Trojan Horse?

Patricia McGuire | Posted 03.13.2015 | College
Patricia McGuire

President Obama's "America's College Promise" proposal for "free" community college is a great idea! A similar program in Tennessee, the site of President Obama's announcement, is apparently hugely successful. What could possibly go wrong with such a simple concept? Plenty.

Why Does College Cost So Freaking Much?

Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.08.2015 | Education
Jonathan Haber

As I began to look into this question a bit more deeply, the answers and arguments I discovered seemed as uninformed or contradictory as those surrounding massive open learning.

For Latinos, Mario Cuomo's 'Tale of Two Cities' Critique Remains Timely

NCLR Action Fund | Posted 03.07.2015 | Latino Voices
NCLR Action Fund

It's time for our government to respond to Mario Cuomo's incisive critiques of an American elite that leaves the poor, young, elderly and Americans of color on the darker and dingier side of the shining city on the hill.

Student Tuition Now Officially Pays More Than States For Public College Funding

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.23.2015 | College

Students now pay more of the cost of attending public universities than state governments, according to a recent Government Accountability Office repo...

5 Ways to Lessen Inequality as Demand for Labor Decreases Worldwide

Aashish Mehta | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Aashish Mehta

As automation replaces jobs, we may need a guaranteed minimum income for all people, regardless of employment status.

College Presidents Promise To Help The Poorest, But They've Done The Opposite

| Jon Marcus & Holly K. Hacker | Posted 12.01.2014 | College

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Decked out in black tie and formal dresses, guests at Mr. Jefferson’s Capital Ball finished their salmon with horseradish sauce ...

A Master Plan Abandoned

Christina Gagnier | Posted 01.20.2015 | College
Christina Gagnier

Student fees have yet again been raised at the University of California, with the University of California Regents on the precipice of approving a plan to increase fees over the next five years, resulting in an eventual 25 percent increase from current rates.

As Costs Rise for Public Higher Education Our Citizenry Suffers CNN's, Ivory Tower Will Flame the Fire of Concern

Drew Stelljes | Posted 01.18.2015 | College
Drew Stelljes

On Thursday night CNN will air Ivory Tower, a documentary that explores the value of a college education.

The Cost Of College Keeps Going Up

AP | Kimberly Hefling | Posted 11.13.2014 | College

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Time to stock up on the ramen noodles. The average cost of attending college crept up again this year, the College Board said Thurs...