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You Got Into College. Now What?

Evelynne Blatt | Posted 01.29.2015 | College
Evelynne Blatt

Now, as an officially college bound student (or parent of a student) you may be feeling a new sense of anxiety over how to cover the cost of your investment in higher education. The answer is financial aid.

Free Tuition for Community College

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.24.2015 | 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.

Financial Sense 101: Prepare For College Before The Freshman Fifteen

Chris Mettler | Posted 01.28.2015 | College
Chris Mettler

As students look forward to attending school and experiencing all that college has to offer, they may not be thinking about how to properly manage their money. Making smart financial choices while in school will not only ease the burden of college debt, but also set them up for financial success beyond graduation.

Obama vs. the Student Debt Crisis

Kelsey Clark | Posted 01.22.2015 | College
Kelsey Clark

Ironically, attending college has placed many Americans on the slow track to success.

5 Common FAFSA Questions and Answers You Should Know

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 01.15.2015 | Money
Gianna Sen-Gupta

The free application for federal student aid, or the FAFSA, is your ticket to paying for college in 2015, especially if your family can't afford to pay full freight.

3 Student Loan Repayment Plans You Need to Know About

Equal Justice Works | Posted 01.15.2015 | College
Equal Justice Works

A recent Washington Post article discussing the student debt plight of Wayne Tibak demonstrates the fundamental strengths and weaknesses of income-dri...

Is There an Income Limit for Financial Aid?

Scott Weingold | Posted 01.15.2015 | College
Scott Weingold

No matter who you are or where you come from, every person enrolling in college has the right to submit their free financial aid application to the Department of Education.

'Nontraditional' But Increasingly Common Barriers to Higher Education

Abby Miller | Posted 01.08.2015 | College
Abby Miller

This growing majority of students has essentially been penalized because their families or their schools were unable to provide the same encouragement and direction that more privileged students have access to.

Middle-aged Seminarian Blues: Second-career Clergy Face Rising Debt, Lower Job Prospects

David Briggs | Posted 01.05.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

The realities of a shrinking clergy labor market, and seminary tuition costs outpacing inflation, leave some facing debts of $80,000 or more trying to find work in a relatively low-paying profession. The burden is falling particularly hard on prospective minority clergy with the fewest resources, analysts state.

Freshmen: Do These 7 Things Now to Not Be Broke Later

Alexandra Rice | Posted 12.18.2014 | College
Alexandra Rice

For many students, college is full of fun firsts: your first time living away from home, joining a sorority or fraternity and tailgating for football games, to name a few. But all of those things cost money, and Mom and Dad won't be there to help you pay for everything.

9 Facts About How to Manage Your Student Debt

Equal Justice Works | Posted 12.16.2014 | College
Equal Justice Works

Whether you are still deciding on college, taking out your first loans or are already in repayment, there is a lot to know about borrowing and repaying student loans.

Needed: A True Diversity Map for America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Sometimes childhood experiences motivate a lifetime of extraordinary work. That is certainly true for Georgetown University Law School professor and bioethicist Patricia King, a brilliant scholar and one of the most effective leaders you may not know.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Student Loans

Mary Johnson | Posted 12.02.2014 | College
Mary Johnson

Acquiring student loan debt can be an intimidating, confusing process; however, in today's educational environment, it's often a necessity in order to finance a college education. With proper advance knowledge and research, student loans are a worthwhile option.

Increasing Transparency in College Tuition Costs

Abigail Seldin | Posted 01.14.2015 | College
Abigail Seldin

One of the best-kept secrets in the college admissions process is the fact that tuition sticker prices rarely tell the whole story.

What's The Best College Saving Strategy When You Have Young Kids?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 01.12.2015 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

And as important as it is to start saving for college, it's equally important to be strategic about how you do it. From tax considerations to investing to understanding financial aid formulas, there are ways to get more mileage out of your money.

The College Olympics: How to Choose the Right College and How to Get the Right College to Choose You

Daniel R. Schwarz | Posted 01.11.2015 | College
Daniel R. Schwarz

Finding the right fit for college is a complex process requiring considerable effort. While not for everyone, higher education will not only expand your earning power by developing your skills and intellect, but also open the doors and windows to the pleasures of reading and the joy of learning.

5 College Tuition Hacks That Could Save You Thousands

Abigail Seldin | Posted 12.30.2014 | College
Abigail Seldin

Families shouldn't be left in the dark about what they'll pay for college. With admissions deadlines rapidly approaching, here is what you need to know.

With College So Expensive, How Do You Choose Where to Visit and Apply?

Eric Greenberg | Posted 12.20.2014 | College
Eric Greenberg

How do you know which colleges to visit? When? What to do? Here's how to choose the right college amidst fierce competition and rising costs and how to determine the ROI (return on investment) of a college education.

Student Success: Words of Wisdom

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Marybeth Gasman

The ways in which colleges and universities support student achievement in colleges and universities are very much contextual -- sensitive to the needs of their students, and hopefully to those from underprivileged backgrounds.

No Aid Left for You

Rachel Scott | Posted 12.15.2014 | College
Rachel Scott

Getting into your dream school may not be all it's cracked up to be after all. The truth is, it's hard enough getting into college but it's even harder to get out of it.

5 Tips to Help You Pay Less for College

Mike Branch, CFP | Posted 12.07.2014 | Money
Mike Branch, CFP

Obviously no one wants to borrow any more for college than they have to, but these days student loans are a necessary part of paying for college for most students and their families.

College App Essays Run Amok: A Coach's Advice, Sympathy and a Word About Spiders

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 11.22.2014 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

When the Common Application organization came into being in the 1970s, the point of it was to streamline college admissions, create one application and one essay that would do everything. Great idea, right? Yes. And no.

NYU Student Writes Heartbreaking Letter About Dropping Out Of College

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.16.2014 | College

A New York University has published the letter she personally wrote to school president John Sexton explaining her anger that she must drop out of col...

How to Survive Your Child's College Tours

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Holly Robinson

Like most parents with juniors and seniors in high school, I've spent some of my summer touring colleges. This was my fifth time around, so I thought it was time to pass on what I've learned.

Need Blind Admissions Is a Lie

Bev Taylor | Posted 09.23.2014 | College
Bev Taylor

While it may seem preposterous that all applicants would need financial aid, when you don't take into account their financial need, colleges run that risk. And college admissions officers don't like to take risks.