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Paying for College

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.

Will Residential College Share the Print Media's Fate?

W. Kent Barnds | Posted 11.06.2013 | College
W. Kent Barnds

Historically, we've taken for granted that prospective students know and value that experience. This may have been a mistake the print media made when they thought their subscribers would always want the feel of newsprint on their fingertips.

JPMorgan To Stop Making Student Loans

Reuters | David Henry | Posted 09.05.2013 | Business

NEW YORK, Sept 5 (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co will stop making student loans in October, according to a document reviewed by Reuters on Thursday, a...

How the Financially Responsible Student Pays for School

Justine Kay | Posted 10.26.2013 | College
Justine Kay

Financial literacy is tough to learn, especially right before the most fun time of your life, but you have to at least learn the basics.

Mr. President, Here's the College Reform You Forgot

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 10.23.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Since public colleges tend to charge higher tuition for out-of-state residents, how will affordability be defined? Why will graduation rates matter at two-year colleges, since students attending those schools are often looking to update skills, not to earn a degree?

Poll: More Parents Pay Cell Phone Bills Than Tuition

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 08.07.2013 | Business

Parents are more likely to support a student's cell phone bill than their pursuit of a college degree, a new survey released Wednesday by Citigroup an...

When We Put Our Country First, We Can Do the Right Thing

Sen. Joe Manchin | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Sen. Joe Manchin

Each year, millions of American students rely on the federal student loan program to pursue higher education. For many families, without the ability to pay for their students' education over a longer term, college would simply be out of reach.

INFOGRAPHIC: Senate Deal Treats Students Like Cash Cows

Tom Allison | Posted 09.23.2013 | College
Tom Allison

With market interest rates so low this year, students taking out loans will pay a lower rate than current law of 6.8 percent -- for now. But without strong enough protections from high rates in the future, this infographic demonstrates how the deal will actually milk students in the coming years.

Parents' Income Not Able To Keep Up With Rising College Costs

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 09.22.2013 | College

WASHINGTON — College costs are driving decisions about which schools to attend, what to study and even where to live, according to a report from...

Gouge the Kids

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Why gouge the kids taking on debt to stay in school and not the corporations secreting profits abroad to avoid taxes? Clearly corporate lobbies and contributions speak louder in the corridors of power than students and their families.

Saving for College: What Is a 529 Plan and How Can It Help You?

Tim Chen | Posted 08.21.2013 | College
Tim Chen

Finding the right college savings plan takes some research and simply putting money into a savings account may not help you reach your goal in time. There are several options available.

Get Into College in 10 Simple Steps

Elizabeth Romero | Posted 08.17.2013 | College
Elizabeth Romero

Did you know that Latino students that enter high school with the plan to continue their studies by going to college have a much greater probability of achieving it? That's what a recent study has shown, and therefore, why New Futuro created the College Plan tutorial.

LOOK: This Chart Will Freak Out Every Mom And Dad In America

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 06.17.2013 | Business

Over the past three decades, the inflation-adjusted income of the median American family has basically remained stagnant. The same can’t be said of ...

8 Reasons Parenting Has Gotten Pricier

LearnVest | Posted 08.06.2013 | Parents

Child-rearing has gotten pricier--it's not your imagination. But it's not all inflation's fault.

Why the Government Isn't the Only Answer to the Student Debt Crisis

Frank Palmasani | Posted 07.28.2013 | College
Frank Palmasani

There are tools in place today, if properly taught and appropriately executed, that teach families how to find these affordable college options: options that do not necessitate excessive borrowing. Knowledge is power, and those with the knowledge are learning how to utilize these tools.

Parents and Students Get a Reality Check for College Costs

Jodi Okun | Posted 07.23.2013 | College
Jodi Okun

It's about time parents and students took a hard look at the reality of college costs. While college is still considered to be a good investment, it should not be a decision that is made lightly.

College Is Pricey and Irrelevant. Really?

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 07.17.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

The college experience can't be fully be realized if the only way students meet is through a screen, or rushing to get credentialed to be a better worker. College is more than learning a trade; it's also about learning to be a better person.

Ryan Grim

Elizabeth Warren: Give Students Same Loan Rate As Big Banks | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) unveiled her first bill Wednesday, designed to set student loan interest rates at the same level the Fed...

Colleges Still Looking for Seniors--and Offering Cash!

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 07.07.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

There's still ample time to apply to colleges eager for your application. Every year, the National Association for College Admission Counseling releases a Space Availability Survey in May.

Tackling the Urgent National Challenge of College Affordability: Criteria for System Redesign

Jamie Merisotis | Posted 07.07.2013 | College
Jamie Merisotis

As we begin the next phase of our national dialogue about college affordability and student financial support, we must focus on the basic criteria that a 21st century system of student financial support should meet.

Time To Get Serious on Student Loan Debt

Rep. Karen Bass | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Rep. Karen Bass

Last month marked the one year anniversary of student loan debt crossing the $1 trillion mark -- making it second only to mortgage debt. Americans now owe more in student loan debt then credit card or automobile debt with the past 10 years showing a staggering 511 percent increase.

College Affordability: Now Is the Time

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. | Posted 07.01.2013 | College
Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.

Helping to pay for one's college education adds meaning to life's lessons learned and adds value and context while in higher pursuits. But it's unconscionable to think that just about the only way for someone to go to college full-time is to go into debt with student loans.