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Higher Education Costs

And the Financial Aid Award Goes to...

Mary Johnson | Posted 02.16.2017 | College
Mary Johnson

The Academy Awards are scheduled for the beginning of March, but families with students heading off to college in the fall are likely more focused on financial aid awards.

The Accreditation Monopoly

MoneyTips | Posted 12.01.2016 | Education

MoneyTipsStudents and parents complain about the high cost of college. Education advocates complain about the lack of innovative higher education appr...

The Global Search for Education: United States and Finland - Why are they so great?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.02.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"American scholars and their writings, like Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences, have been influential in building the much-admired scho...

The Power of Love: 529 Plans and the Emotional Side of Saving for College

Patricia Roberts | Posted 04.15.2015 | Education
Patricia Roberts

CSPN is helping maintain this unanticipated attention by doing its share to raise awareness even further about the importance of 529 plans and the impact they can have on helping families avoid high student loan debt.

Is Medical School a Million Dollar Mistake?

Dan Lambert | Posted 02.14.2015 | Education
Dan Lambert

The path to being a doctor is not only expensive, it also requires dedication as well as the sacrifice of time, deferring a high quality of life to many, many, years after most other professions.

The Compelling Need to Improve the Higher Education Value Equation

Frank Islam | Posted 12.20.2014 | Education
Frank Islam

In the middle 90's, "value" was the hot new word and every business was trying to improve its value equation -- which we operationally define as "outcomes divided by cost."

Why Government Spends More Per Pupil at Elite Universities Than at Public Universities

Robert Reich | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

Imagine a system of college education supported by high and growing government spending on elite private universities that mainly educate children of the wealthy and upper-middle class, and low and declining government spending on public universities that educate large numbers of children from the working class and the poor. You can stop imagining.

Ivory Tower and the Crippling Cost of Higher Education (VIDEO)

Rob Feld | Posted 08.13.2014 | College
Rob Feld

In Andrew Rossi's new documentary, Ivory Tower, Rossi (Page One: Inside The New York Times) explores the rising cost of a college education in America and asks the unfortunate question, Is it worth it?

7 Creative Ways To Pay For College (Without Taking On More Loans!) | Posted 07.29.2014 | College

With a little creativity and some hard work on your part, you can enter your brand-new adult life with way more financial freedom.

Snap, Crackle and Pop: Thoughts on the College Enrollment Bubble

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 03.16.2014 | Education
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

College and universities must adapt what they teach to how students have learned as they enter the classroom, blend technology with traditional pedagogy and differentiate their programs, teaching methods and clinical experiences to survive in a highly competitive market.

Why Alumni Salaries Matter and Why Some Colleges Wish They Didn't

Lydia Frank | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Lydia Frank

So, what's the solution? Measure nothing and continue to see our college graduates move back home with their parents after school under a mountain of student-loan debt? Know yourself? How about support yourself?

Wakefield Survey Reveals Technology in Education Impacts College Students' Pocketbooks and Performance

Sean Devine | Posted 10.06.2013 | College
Sean Devine

According to the National Retail Federation, total back-to-school and college spending is poised to surpass $72.5 billion this year. Topping the shop...

The Rise of Mobile Technology in Higher Ed

Sean Devine | Posted 08.19.2013 | College
Sean Devine

Mobile technologies are creating new ways for students to connect with their course materials, their classes and their colleagues, while also providing new ways to save money, while increasing access, productivity and flexibility.

Why Obama's College Scorecard Falls Short

Dr. Laura Perna | Posted 05.11.2013 | College
Dr. Laura Perna

The College Scorecard -- a recent White House effort to help Americans find the best value for their education dollars -- doesn't do enough to help the disturbing number of people for whom college continues to be unattainable.

Developmental Education and the 'Iron Triangle'

Tim_Hall | Posted 04.13.2013 | College

I don't get the "iron triangle" that some higher education leaders believe exists between cost, quality and access. I think it's possible to reduce at least some of the costs of higher education without threatening either quality or access.

The Cost vs. Quality Conundrum: Top Higher Ed Tech Trends for 2013

Sean Devine | Posted 02.20.2013 | Education
Sean Devine

Technology has transformed a variety of industries over the past decade, from ecommerce to entertainment. One could argue that 2012 was the year that technology accelerated its march to transforming education as well.

Big Data, Big Potential

Sean Devine | Posted 01.07.2013 | Education
Sean Devine

As in other areas of our lives, the use of data and analytics has the potential to greatly improve higher education, if we are able to effectively navigate it.

College Tuition Rises As Financial Aid For Students Stalls

Posted 10.24.2012 | Education

While tuition at public and private colleges alike continues to rise, total grant aid for students stalled in 2011-12, according to two recent reports...

Jimmy Carter Talks To Emory University On The Greatest Threat To America, Rising College Costs And Libya

Posted 09.14.2012 | College

Former President Jimmy Carter spoke to first-year Emory University students and answered their questions in the 31st Annual Carter Town Hall. Presi...

Student Pays Tuition Almost Entirely With Mail-In Rebates

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 09.13.2012 | Money

Higher education, for the most part, isn't considered to be affordable, but Jonathan Hood, a Ph.D. candidate at Auburn University, found an unconventi...

Whither Higher Education?

Andrew Benton | Posted 09.01.2012 | College
Andrew Benton

Hardly a day goes by without reading some form of obituary or Cassandra-like prophesy about the imminent demise of colleges and universities as we have known (and love) them. Perhaps I am in denial, but I seriously doubt the end is near.

The Government Must Make a Serious Investment in Higher Education

Mariko Chang | Posted 07.11.2012 | College
Mariko Chang

While some may believe that the government cannot afford to help invest in the higher education of its citizens, we can't afford not to.

How to Avoid Graduating College Summa Cum Debt

Pamela Yellen | Posted 11.20.2011 | Business
Pamela Yellen

We're doing our young people and our nation no favors when we allow students who can't pay for college to go nonetheless.

What the Lost Decade of Wages Means for Colleges and Their Graduates

Jeff Selingo | Posted 11.19.2011 | College
Jeff Selingo

The long-term changes we're witnessing to the U.S. economy should be yet another sign to college leaders that something has to be done about rising prices, and fast.

Congress Proposes 15% Cut in Pell Grant Funding

Mark Kantrowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Mark Kantrowitz

The proposed cut in the maximum Pell Grant would mean that almost one fifth of current recipients -- or 1.7 million low-income students -- would no longer qualify for the Pell Grant.