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15 Things Parents of First-Year College Students Should Never Do

Harlan Cohen | Posted 08.13.2016 | College
Harlan Cohen

1. Get Carried Away in Hysterics: No one wants to be the freshman of the mom who literally couldn't let go, fell, hit her head, and got carried away i...

4 Things Adult Students Should Look for When Choosing a School

Lori Eggleston | Posted 07.28.2016 | College
Lori Eggleston

The application process. The registration process. The financial aid process. Yes, there are a lot of processes when it comes to returning to school to finish (or start) your degree. Consider another one: the selection process. How can you find a university that's a good fit for you?

The Top 5 Questions to Ask a Financial Aid Advisor Before You Even Apply

Lori Eggleston | Posted 06.19.2016 | College
Lori Eggleston

It's imperative to understand the financial aid process before you even apply for admission. The best way to navigate the jargon and red tape is to sit down with a university financial aid advisor. Here's what you should ask -- and what answers you're likely to get.

Understanding Your Finances After Your Child Is Accepted to College | Posted 05.26.2016 | Education

When your child gets an acceptance letter to college, you might feel excited - but also worried about money.

College Admissions: Debunking the Myth of Prestige and Maximum Financial Success

Ishan Puri | Posted 06.24.2015 | Education
Ishan Puri

Brand names do not necessarily maximize student's financial success. If financial success is not driving the mania behind college admissions competitiveness, then what is?

Is There an Income Limit for Financial Aid?

Scott Weingold | Posted 03.16.2015 | 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.

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.

This Student Experienced A Tragedy, Then Donors Came To Her Rescue

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 07.14.2014 | College

Looks like miracles really do happen. As of Monday morning, Vanderbilt University student Cassie Wessely has accumulated $46,623 in donations to help ...

Diverse Conversations: Let's Talk About Financial Aid

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 08.15.2014 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

The Washington Post reports that the average college student will graduate with $25,000 in debt. With over $1 trillion in outstanding loans, student d...

College Choice and Finances

Mary Johnson | Posted 05.03.2014 | College
Mary Johnson

Over the next month or so, letters of acceptance will be in the mailboxes and inboxes of millions of anxious college-bound seniors and returning adults across the country, which means decision making is in full swing from now until May 1st.

How For-Profit Institutions Peddle College to the Poor

Regina Deil-Amen | Posted 03.26.2014 | Education
Regina Deil-Amen

Why would low-income students pay four or five times more for an education they could receive around the corner at their local community college? And why would they accumulate large amounts of debt to do it, foregoing the ability to later transfer their credits?

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.

Changing Financial Aid Could Save Students, and Taxpayers, Money: Testimony Before the House Education and the Workforce Committee

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

Let's support policies that make sense. We can't be penny-wise and pound-foolish when it comes to higher education and creating a sensible path for the American people to reach their full potential.

Dismissing Class: Obama Administration Must Alter Higher Education Policies Perpetuating Social Inequality

Omari Scott Simmons | Posted 05.08.2013 | College
Omari Scott Simmons

Increasing higher education attainment for low-income students should close socio-economic disparities. But, a deeper examination of the nation's higher education system reveals that many low-income students with the greatest needs often receive an education that does not empower them economically, politically, and socially.

How to Recognize a College Financial Aid "Scam"

Scott Weingold | Posted 04.27.2013 | College
Scott Weingold

The financial aid process is no stranger to scams, frauds... even theft. Here are some insights into today's most prevalent FAFSA scams so you'll know what to avoid if you see them.

Meeting the Money Challenges of Adult College Students

Mary Johnson | Posted 03.12.2013 | College
Mary Johnson

Are you a single parent, stay-at-home mom, or working adult who wants to return to school in hopes of securing a brighter financial future? The good news is that you're not alone.

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...

10 Colleges With The Worst Financial Aid

Posted 12.16.2012 | College

With tuition continually on the rise, financial aid is an important part of any college choice. But what if it isn't what you thought it would be? ...

California Takes the High Road

Gary Brahm | Posted 10.10.2012 | College
Gary Brahm

Recent developments in higher education have experts pointing to California as the nation's leader in student advocacy and should set the stage for significant, necessary reform at the federal level.

Public vs. Private Goods

Geoffrey M. Cox, PhD | Posted 08.19.2012 | College
Geoffrey M. Cox, PhD

Historically, education has been seen as a public good. This consensus seems to be giving way to a new view -- that education is purely a private good.

The Real Way to Avoid a Student Loan Debt Crisis

Daniel Burrus | Posted 07.01.2012 | Education
Daniel Burrus

The real problem is not the student loan debt itself. Rather, the real problem is that even with their shiny new degrees, graduates (both young and old) are not finding jobs. What's the solution?

What Will Your "College Tax" Be?

Dr. Bonnie Snyder | Posted 06.19.2012 | College
Dr. Bonnie Snyder

You're ready to file your federal, state, and local taxes. If you've got a college-bound student, however, you're not quite finished calculating your total tax burden, yet.

Applying for Financial Aid? Do Your Homework

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 03.31.2012 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

It's no surprise that financial aid is a big part of a student's decision to go back to school. The good news is that the federal government and private resources are offering more money than ever to meet this growing need.

College Is Not for Everyone

Patricia McGuire | Posted 03.10.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown is right to want every pupil in the D.C. Public Schools to aspire to the highest possible levels of learning. However, the specifics of his new bill need some work.

Stagnant Middle Class Feeling Pressure Of Rising Tuition Costs

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 08.20.2011 | Business

The cost of a college education is rising, but the wages that pay for them aren't. Over the last 20 years, while pay for the average American work...