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College Admissions Odds Are Stacked Against High Achieving Low-Income Students

Harold O. Levy | Posted 11.20.2015 | Education
Harold O. Levy

For the vast majority of students applying to top schools, the odds of acceptance pivot based on how much money their parents make. The old adage that "if you're poor and smart, you can write your own ticket" is simply no longer true. In college admissions, money counts.

(Re)tension at Cornell: Solidarity From, and for, Students of Color

Paola Muñoz | Posted 11.18.2015 | College
Paola Muñoz

Photo credits: Grace Marcelo-Ramírez, student at Cornell University. The picture shows Cornell University students of color in solidarity with stude...

How REPAYE Differs From Other Income-Driven Repayment Plans

SALT | Posted 11.12.2015 | College

In early 2015, President Obama proposed the Student Aid Bill of Rights, which included a provision to make it easier for borrowers to repay their students loans. As the result, the government introduced a new repayment option for federal student loans: Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE).

In Alleged FAFSA Scam, Parents and Students Charged for Free Services

Brianna McGurran | Posted 11.04.2015 | Education
Brianna McGurran

The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has sued Global Financial Support Inc., alleging that it deceptively markets and charges for financial aid services that students and families could otherwise get for free.

5 Common Mistakes That Increase the Cost of College

Jocelyn Paonita Pearson | Posted 10.21.2015 | College
Jocelyn Paonita Pearson

The cost of college is not declining. And with the constant reminder that student loan debt is getting out of hand, parents and students are trying to find ways to make higher education more affordable. Even so, some families may not even realize that they are voluntarily increasing their expenses.

Insider Tips on Financial Aid Refunds

Mary Johnson | Posted 10.08.2015 | College
Mary Johnson

Take a good, hard look at your expenses and determine whether or not you really need to be spending borrowed money on coffee and new clothes when you could be reducing the amount of student loans you'll have to pay back.

Why Renewing Perkins Matters

Susan Henking | Posted 09.29.2015 | College
Susan Henking

Without Congressional action, the expiration for one of our country's oldest and furthest-reaching student loan program is only days away. Some of the over 1500 participating institutions and 500,000 students will be hurt more than others.

Don't Get Conned Paying for College: Five Scholarship and Financial Aid Scams to Watch Out for this College Application Season

Abigail Seldin | Posted 09.29.2015 | College
Abigail Seldin

What's scarier than a pile of blank college applications? How about being conned out of your college savings by the very people promising to help you pay for school. Thousands of students and parents are targeted by those seeking to capitalize on the public anxiety around tuition costs.

College Negotiations, Transparency and Improving Your "Poker Face."

Dr. Bonnie Snyder | Posted 09.16.2015 | College
Dr. Bonnie Snyder

Information is power. This is especially true when two parties are trying to come to terms on a potentially expensive deal...say, for instance, an undergraduate college education that can cost a quarter of a million dollars at some high-priced institutions.

President Obama To Announce Reforms To Make College Financial Aid More Accessible

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 09.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Sept 13 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will announce steps to bolster access to financial aid for students as part of efforts to make ...

How Can Hispanics Get Ahead in Higher Education?

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 09.08.2015 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

If we are going to prepare our students for the global marketplace, we must address the challenges minority students face, find ways to keep them in high school, and then support their transition to higher education--whether traditional four year college or vocational training.

Textbooks Cost a Lot. Here's Why.

Ethan Senack | Posted 08.31.2015 | College
Ethan Senack

It's a pretty common thread that textbook prices are too high. At a time when student debt is higher than ever, it's crazy that we're charging students so much for textbooks.

5 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Student Loans

Stephen Dash | Posted 08.08.2015 | Education
Stephen Dash

As the cost of college tuition continues to rise, many parents and students are increasingly turning to private and federal educational loans to fund college education expenses. Here are five things that you should consider to get the most out of your student loans.

Take the Money and Run: For-Profit Colleges, Student Aid, and the Bennett Hypothesis

William G. Tierney | Posted 08.06.2015 | College
William G. Tierney

The Department of Education already has regulations in place to curb bad behavior at FPCUs. Nonetheless, there is mounting evidence that for-profits are artificially increasing their prices to simply capture student aid.

Not So FAFSA: How to Avoid a Student Aid Scam

Adam Levin | Posted 07.30.2015 | College
Adam Levin

First things first: In the form's acronym lies the secret to avoiding the money pitfalls--FAFSA is short for "FREE Application for Federal Student Aid." Yeah, I know, filling it out is time-consuming, but it's doable. It's also complex and requires information that you're going to have to bird-dog, but it is free.

Make Sure Your Freshman Gets a Money-Smart College Start

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

You've worked to train your children in money management, but college brings a whole new level of financial decision-making and challenges. So before they are off on their own, review these topics to make sure they're ready.

U.S. Government Acquires FAFSA Website That Was Confusing Students (UPDATE)

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.24.2015 | Technology

The federal government has been taking down websites that host illegal activity for years, but in taking over a website -- specifi...

Merit Or Need-Based Scholarships: How Donors Can Turn The Tide Towards More Equitable Financial Aid

The Sillerman Center | Posted 07.20.2015 | College
The Sillerman Center

Today, many qualified students with demonstrated financial need are receiving inadequate aid packages from colleges. The term "admit-deny" even exists for schools that intentionally offer insufficient aid to students with need, with the expectation that they will not enroll.

10 Ways to Pay Off Your Student Loans in One Year

GOBankingRates | Posted 07.16.2015 | College

The good news: Employing all of the following 10 tips can help you get rid of your student loans in just one year. There are, however, a couple of things to consider, such as how much you owe versus how much you're earning. 

Financial Aid for Independent vs Dependent Students

Credible | Posted 07.17.2015 | Education

One major part of filling out the FASFA includes declaring if you are a independent or dependent student. This simple question can determine how much federal aid you receive, what types of loans you qualify for, and how much in student loans you can take out.

Your Best Military Student Loan Options

Credible | Posted 07.17.2015 | Education

If you serve or have served your country in one of the armed forces, then you are eligible for various types of educational financial aid. The options differ if you are in school, if you have already graduated but have not yet enlisted, or if you are on active duty or a veteran.

Your MBA Student Loan Cheat Sheet

CommonBond | Posted 07.14.2015 | College

What are all of your options for MBA loans? If you're a first-time borrower or a few years removed from taking out your undergraduate loans, the lending landscape can be confusing and challenging to navigate. Here's a quick guide to your loan options for funding your MBA

Affording an Education: A Guide To Your Financial Aid Options

Credible | Posted 07.09.2015 | Education

With billions of dollars available annually for students to pay for their education, most college students utilize at least one type of financial aid. Financial aid options come from federal and state governments, individual colleges, or private organizations, and is available in the following forms.

Your Financial Aid Questions Answered

Credible | Posted 07.07.2015 | Education

For students entering college, applying for financial aid can be as complicated as the college admission process. Even after qualifying for financial ...

Getting Oriented

Courtney Willett | Posted 06.30.2015 | College
Courtney Willett

Orientation is an unfortunate rite of passage necessary for anyone wishing to enter a new school, whether you're an excited freshman or indifferent junior who just wants to register and get the hell out of there.