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How to Pay for College

5 Common FAFSA Questions and Answers You Should Know

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 03.16.2015 | 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.

Is Double Depositing Wrong and Risky?

Jeannie Borin | Posted 05.24.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Character is one of the most difficult things for admission officers to measure when evaluating applicants. Should they discover that a student is partaking in this scheme, their sense of honor would be at stake.

What to Expect When You're Accepting: A College Cost Checklist for Parents

Beth Kobliner | Posted 05.18.2014 | Parents
Beth Kobliner

As kids across America are celebrating their college acceptance letters, parents of high school seniors are freaking out over the quarter-million-dollar question (as some private school sticker prices hit $60,000): How are we going to pay for it?

Parents: Don't Fall For Those FAFSA Myths!

Jodi Okun | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Jodi Okun

January is a time when parents of high school and college students across the country are pulling out their hair over the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Parents who manage to accurately complete the FAFSA are able to open the gateway to billions of dollars in federal, state and college financial aid.

'How I Escaped College With Zero Debt'

Kali Hawlk | Posted 02.11.2014 | Money
Kali Hawlk

If the average twenty-something has somewhere around $25,000 of debt to their name, then I must be a highly unique member of the millennial generation. I graduated from Kennesaw State University, a fast-growing school in the suburbs of Atlanta, in 2011. It was the same year that the total amount of student loan debt in the U.S. reached a whopping $1 trillion, but when I graduated, I did so as a completely debt-free individual.

This Woman Graduated College With Zero Debt And Thousands Of Dollars To Spare

Posted 11.27.2013 | Education

Briana McGeough graduated from Brown University in 2012 without a penny of student debt to her name. In fact, she left college with $16,000 to spare a...

How to Afford a Quality College Education for Your Daughter

Diane Propsner | Posted 12.10.2013 | College
Diane Propsner

If you're a parent with a college-bound daughter, I know you're thinking about the cost of her education. On one hand, you're so proud of her; on the ...

Are College Costs at a Tipping Point or Balancing Point?

Jodi Okun | Posted 11.27.2013 | College
Jodi Okun

Because the question of cost as it relates to each family's situation can be different in each individual case, families can start planning as early as the student's junior year of high school, but at the latest by the summer before the senior year.

Top 5 Reasons You Should Apply for Financial Aid

Jodi Okun | Posted 11.17.2013 | College
Jodi Okun

If the alternatives are spending a little time to receive the financial aid to which you are entitled or putting yourself into debt to avoid paperwork, it seems that applying for financial aid makes much more sense.

Are Parents Flunking College Financial Planning?

Jodi Okun | Posted 10.30.2013 | Parents
Jodi Okun

Don't flunk out when it comes to saving for college. Learn about the true costs and honestly assess your financial situation.

Let's Rethink How We Pay for College

Jeff Selingo | Posted 02.18.2012 | College
Jeff Selingo

Student loans are not going away, despite calls by Occupy protesters to have the federal government finance public colleges entirely and write off all student debt. So rather than debate the impossible, we should instead discuss better ways of financing a college degree.

Why Does the Debt Deal Pick on Grad Students?

Beth Kobliner | Posted 10.17.2011 | Education
Beth Kobliner

Under the new deal, the government will no longer subsidize the popular federal student loan, the Stafford, for graduate school. Congress felt it was the right time to hit students where it hurts the most: their wallets.

How To Persuade Your Boss To Pay For College Or Grad School

US News and World Report | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Although many employers cut back on tuition benefits during the recession, the recent rebound in the economy has made a few employers more amenable to...

Is There A College Cost Crisis?

nytimes.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

There is no college cost crisis. That at least is the conclusion reached by the economists Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman in their new book,...

7 Ways To Pay For College When Money's Tight

CNBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

As incoming freshmen start packing up and heading off to campus and high-school seniors contemplate what they need to do to prepare applications this ...

'Fairy Godmother' Divvies Aid Among Hopeful Providence College Students

nytimes.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The envelope arrives with good news. The college is pleased to announce that the student has been offered acceptance and, if he or...

What If College Was Free? (COLUMN)

The Tech | Michael McGraw | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Next year, MIT says, the all-inclusive cost of tuition, room, and board will top $50,000. What would happen if MIT made an executive decision that, by...