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Your Child Has Just Been Accepted to College: Now What?

Greg Kaplan | Posted 03.16.2017 | College
Greg Kaplan

Congratulations! Your child is in. Until now, college has been a sellers’ market. Everything your child has done in the application process was to c...

Secretary DeVos And Student Debt: What We Know So Far

Equal Justice Works | Posted 03.15.2017 | Politics
Equal Justice Works

As of 1 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, Betsy DeVos is the Secretary for the Department of Education. The Senate, after holding an overnight session to d...

Wells Fargo Sued For Barring DACA Recipient From Applying For Student Loan

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 01.30.2017 | Politics

After Mitzie Perez filled out a preliminary form online to inquire about a student loan from Wells Fargo last summer, a message flashed across the scr...

The Student Debt Crisis Is Driving Elderly People Into Poverty

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 12.20.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Student debt is forcing tens of thousands of elderly Americans into poverty, according to a new Government Accountability Office report...

Changes to the FAFSA Make It Easier to Apply for Student Aid

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 11.09.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

Do you have a high school senior who is knee deep in the college admissions process? Writing essays and filling out forms can be a stressful process f...

Finding Educational Opportunity in Poverty

David M Kirby | Posted 09.28.2016 | Education
David M Kirby

Receiving support and guidance is one of the challenges that students in poverty face when attempting to secure scholarships and pursue higher education.

States' Obsession with College Access Threatens Graduation Success

Bob Hildreth | Posted 09.15.2016 | Education
Bob Hildreth

Have you ever wondered why enrollment in college has continued to rise despite tuition increasing at such a fast rate? While the economic recovery and...

Will The Early FAFSA Get The Worm?

W. Kent Barnds | Posted 09.13.2016 | College
W. Kent Barnds

Beginning this fall, prospective students will be able to submit the FAFSA as early as October 1 rather than the traditional date of January 1. The change has been called "Early FAFSA," or in higher education circles "PPY," which stands for "Prior-Prior-Year."

4 Financial Aid Tips for College Procrastinators

NerdWallet | Posted 09.07.2016 | Education

We all have bouts of procrastination, especially in college. Pulling an all-nighter to crank out a paper you've had weeks to work on is practically th...

Student Loan Debt: How Your State and School Ranks

Latoya Scott | Posted 08.30.2016 | Parents
Latoya Scott

If the time has come for you and your child to make a decision about what school they should attend, you might want to take a peek at what these studies have to offer.

Journey to College Series #4: Final College Decisions

Students Rising Above | Posted 08.24.2016 | Impact
Students Rising Above

Financial aid packages have been reviewed, colleges have been visited and in most cases, final reflection has taken place. Some students know the moment they visit a particular campus it's the right school for them. But for a majority, the final decision is much more complex.

Yes, There’s Enough Money To Make Public College Debt-Free And Tuition-Free

Robert Shireman | Posted 08.16.2016 | Politics
Robert Shireman

When Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders joined forces last month, they combined their higher education plans into an approach that aims to make public...

Want College to be Affordable? Start with Pell Grants

The Conversation US | Posted 08.01.2016 | Education
The Conversation US

By Donald E. Heller, University of San Francisco In her speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton talked about free co...

The Benefits Of Waiting A Year (Or Two) To Apply To Law School: Part II

Ishan Puri | Posted 07.28.2016 | Education
Ishan Puri

Regardless of which law school you choose to attend, having more savings heading into law school is a good thing, as it will help reduce your overall debt load. How much it will help depends on a number of factors, including where you choose to go to school, but in the end, the principle holds true.

4 Ways To Jump Start The College Application Process This Summer

Students Rising Above | Posted 07.22.2016 | College
Students Rising Above

A strong support network and ongoing mentoring is needed to help navigate the unique challenges most will face while narrowing down and applying for college admission.

Congratulations. You Got Into College. Now What?

Students Rising Above | Posted 06.28.2016 | Impact
Students Rising Above

For many students, college acceptance does not guarantee college completion.

Is This The Final Curtain For The Big Apple Circus?

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 06.13.2016 | New York
Johnathan Lee Iverson

"For me, founding Big Apple Circus was an act of love," says the legendary Paul Binder. For founders Michael Christensen and Paul Binder, that love be...

7 Essential Things to Do the Summer Between High School and College

Hélène Tragos Stelian | Posted 06.10.2016 | College
Hélène Tragos Stelian

You did it! You are going to college, congrats! As you finish off high school and enjoy end-of-year celebrations, you'll want to start looking toward your summer. Here are my top tips on what you'll need to accomplish before leaving for college.

10 Ways to Cut College Education Costs

Students Rising Above | Posted 05.26.2016 | Impact
Students Rising Above

As high school graduations wind down, many college-bound students are setting their sights not only on entering college come fall, but also making sense of what can be complicated financial aid packages.

Nudge 2.0: A broader toolkit for lasting behavior change

Cait Lamberton | Posted 05.24.2016 | Education
Cait Lamberton

This piece was co-authored by Cait Lamberton, Associate Professor of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh's Joseph M. Katz Graduate...

This Is What Would Happen If Everyone Stopped Paying Their Student Loans -- Together | Posted 05.18.2016 | College

In the likelihood that you want to do just that, we reminisce on what could happen if you completely abandon your student loans with the rest of your graduating class, according to a professional.

Parents: Here's The Scoop on Financial Aid

Latoya Scott | Posted 05.10.2016 | Parents
Latoya Scott

Understanding the financial process isn't easy, but it's important to understand the basics as you prepare your child for college. Learn as much as you can about the financial aid process and help reduce the impact of this important financial decision.

Leading by Example: Outreach Trip Addresses Health Disparities

Students Rising Above | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact
Students Rising Above

By Rosario Castañeda, Student  Yale University & Students Rising Above Maya Angelou once wisely stated that "When you learn, teach. When you get, g...

Journey to College Series #3: Narrowing Down College Visit Choices

Students Rising Above | Posted 04.29.2016 | Impact
Students Rising Above

Late March and April is one of the most enjoyable times of the year for Students Rising Above (SRA) advisors. This is when students finally hear back from their targeted colleges regarding acceptance, and most receive their financial aid packages.

3 Things to Do the Day You Choose Your College

Hélène Tragos Stelian | Posted 04.28.2016 | College
Hélène Tragos Stelian

With May 1--College Decision Day--upon us, here's advice that's not to be missed