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Paying for College: 5 Things to Know About College Financial Aid Letters

Abigail Seldin | Posted 03.17.2015 | College
Abigail Seldin

Don't let the headache of untangling financial aid letters spoil the thrill of getting into college. Here are five things to keep in mind as you evaluate your options for attending and paying for school.

Comparing Federal Student Loans to Other Household Debt is Popular -- It's Also Wrong

Carlo Salerno | Posted 03.16.2015 | College
Carlo Salerno

Is it really appropriate to compare student loans with mortgages, auto loans and credit card debt? If I put on my consumer hat, it feels like we should. If I put on my economics hat though, student loans seem absurdly incomparable to practically every other form of household debt.

It's Our Turn to Be Generous

Philip Gulley | Posted 02.05.2015 | Religion
Philip Gulley

We have forgotten that we benefited from the generosity of those who went before us. And now it is our turn to be generous, now it is our turn to return the favor, but we don't want to.

How To Talk To Your Parents About Paying For College

| Posted 02.02.2015 | Teen

The time has finally come. After touring countless college campuses, spending hours writing your application essays and waiting anxiously for those ac...

Don't Let the FAFSA Ruin Your Holiday Cheer: 10 Financial Aid Myths Debunked

Abigail Seldin | Posted 02.26.2015 | Education
Abigail Seldin

According to a recent analysis by Mark Kantrowitz, Senior Vice President at Edvisors Network and author of "Filing the FAFSA," roughly 2 million students who could have qualified for need-based Federal Pell Grants in the 2011-12 academic year never filed.

Fiscal Fitness: Higher Education Must Be Run Like a Business

Dr. Robert L. Breuder | Posted 02.17.2015 | Business
Dr. Robert L. Breuder

Without exception, each and every college and university must keep their fiscal house in order at all times by maintaining a balanced budget with "rainy day" funds that promote freedom, action and innovation.

Free Tuition Follow Up

Dr. Robert L. Breuder | Posted 12.07.2014 | College
Dr. Robert L. Breuder

Over the last few months, I've written two articles about colleges offering free tuition for students, a topic that continues to be discussed nationally.

10 Ways To Help Your College Student Avoid The "Financial 15"

Anna Colton | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Anna Colton

You may remember the infamous freshman 15: too many slices of pizza plus too few trips to the gym equals a few extra pounds in the first semester. ...

Americans Are Saving More Than Ever For College

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 09.09.2014 | College

WASHINGTON (AP) — The good news is that Americans are saving more than ever for college. The bad news is that the average amount wouldn't come close...

3 Steps to Help Our Children Earn An "A" In Personal Finance

Andrew Plepler | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business
Andrew Plepler

The United States has a lot going for it. We have the world's largest economy. We're home to eight of the world's top 10 universities. We won the most...

4 Ways To Finance College Whether You're the Parent Of A Recent High School Grad Or A Newborn

Andrew Plepler | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Andrew Plepler

For many, college is the launching pad for a successful career. But others opt to pursue their dreams without a four-year degree. The debate around th...

Free College Tuition - The Right Way to Pay?

Dr. Robert L. Breuder | Posted 10.25.2014 | College
Dr. Robert L. Breuder

The conversation about free college tuition is growing louder and larger as educators and lawmakers try to find a way to produce an educated workforce without sending students into mountains of debt.

Student Loans: Size Matters, Right?

Jim Gibson | Posted 09.05.2014 | College
Jim Gibson

We just so happen to live in a culture where bigger is perceived as better. But that not always be the truth, especially when you are considering taking on thousands of dollars in debt.

White House to States: Help School Counselors Now

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 09.01.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

The profession that has spent decades discussing student assessment and teacher tenure must radically improve the way school counselors are viewed and able to do their work in eight weeks.

Why Grandparents Are Paying For College -- Again

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.06.2014 | Fifty

It used to be that come high school graduation time, the fattest gift envelope could be counted on coming from Grandma and Grandpa. In a good haul, th...

Objections to Better Training in College Advising

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 04.29.2014 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Readers of this space are more than familiar with my favorite topic--but in case you're brand new, here's the summary: • Most school counselors rec...

4 Tips for Saving for Your Child's Future

SaveUp | Posted 04.02.2014 | Money

Where should you invest? How can you invest? How much should you put away and how should it be earmarked? These are all important questions when looking at creating a savings plan for children. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Free Public College, Affordable Private College

Harry L. Langer | Posted 03.08.2014 | College
Harry L. Langer

Superior relevant education is essential for global competitiveness and national prosperity. The following are suggestions to make it accessible and affordable.

College Money Solution

Terry Savage | Posted 02.18.2014 | College
Terry Savage

College is no longer affordable, but it is even more necessary to increase our standard of living as individuals, and as a country. Thanks to American Honors and the participating community colleges and prestige universities, all that is changing.

A Secret About Bankruptcy And Paying For College

us news | Kelsey Sheehy | Posted 11.20.2013 | College

This article comes to us courtesy of U.S. News & World Report, where it was originally published. Bankruptcy is a dirty word. One that is equated w...

Burden vs. Opportunity

M. Duane Nellis | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
M. Duane Nellis

While we can't hold tuition and fees at a standstill forever, we continue to study and explore cost-saving measures in other areas we can pass on to our students. At Texas Tech, this is an ongoing process, a year-round approach that keeps us ahead of this annual issue.

The (First) Three Things Parents Want From Their Kids' College

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 12.10.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Families don't really care if a college considers low test scores; they do care that they don't know who does what. Put your policy on your front admissions page for all the world to see. It will save time, money, and confusion.

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 ...

6 Financial Aid 'Traps' Every College-Bound Student Should Know About

Scott Weingold | Posted 11.27.2013 | College
Scott Weingold

If you are confused by your financial aid letter, do not feel bad -- a very common mistake in the financial aid process is misunderstanding where the money for your package is coming from.

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.