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What Will Candidates Actually Do About College Costs?

AP | JUSTIN POPE | Posted 12.24.2012 | College

President Barack Obama has rallied college students at dozens of campuses, touted his record on student aid and needled Republican challenger Mitt Rom...

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...

How Young Voters REALLY Feel About The Election

Posted 10.23.2012 | Teen

The 2008 presidential election saw a dramatic increase in voter turnout among young people, who came out in droves, the majority of whom supported the...

Why Privatization Won't Solve the Student Loan Crisis | Posted 12.23.2012 | College

What separates Democrats and Republicans on the matter of the student debt crisis is a chicken or egg debate about low-cost, lightly credit-underwritten government financing and grant-giving, and the unsustainably high tuition prices charged by the schools.

Courses, Disaggregation, and the Cost of Legal Education

Jay Conison | Posted 12.19.2012 | College
Jay Conison

Law schools already disaggregate courses; they just do not do it systematically or with the aim of improving a component or reducing its cost.

Net Price Calculators Are Hard To Find, Compare On College Websites

| Posted 12.16.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report's Community College Spotlight blog. Net price calculators - required on nearly all college ...

The New College Timeline

Frank Palmasani | Posted 11.26.2012 | College
Frank Palmasani

After 2008, I realized that if we really wanted to help families and end this cycle of college debt, this system had to change.

My $60,000 Ivy League Degree Was Just a Pyramid Scheme

Lilly O'Donnell | Posted 11.17.2012 | College
Lilly O'Donnell

Now it's two months after graduation. I have an Ivy League master's degree, but I certainly don't feel $60,000 smarter. In fact, I feel a bit like I've snapped out of the piper's trance, only after stepping off the cliff.

Where Has Spending Skyrocketed For Boomers? You May Be Surprised

Laura Rowley | Posted 11.17.2012 | Fifty
Laura Rowley

A new study by the National Center For Policy Analysis looks at how spending among baby boomers has changed in the last 20 years, in an effort to understand why they aren't saving more for retirement. What category saw the biggest change in spending?

Higher Education Isn't a Political Issue

Dr. John Ebersole | Posted 11.12.2012 | College
Dr. John Ebersole

Granted, the different parties may have different approaches to increasing access to higher education and reducing the cost of a college degree. So if the issue isn't a political one, how do we categorize it?

A College Education: Never More Important!

Elsa Nunez | Posted 11.11.2012 | College
Elsa Nunez

Just a generation or two ago, a person could establish himself in a career and climb the corporate ladder without a college degree. Today, however, things are very different.

Competition and the Rising Cost of Higher Education

Bill Destler | Posted 11.10.2012 | College
Bill Destler

Now competition can be a good thing when it forces greater efficiencies and drives costs down, but in academia exactly the reverse seems to be happening.

Access to Higher Education as a Deep Principle

Jonathan Lash | Posted 11.05.2012 | College
Jonathan Lash

They have attended U.S. schools and worked hard enough to gain entrance to elite colleges, yet are prohibited from receiving federal financial assistance of any kind, including work-study funds. As a result, they lose the chance for a college education. This is neither fair nor wise.

How To Avoid Pricey College Add-Ons

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 11.04.2012 | Money

As if sky-high tuition bills weren't bad enough, some colleges are offering pricey little extras that could dislodge even more money from eager parent...

Worth the Investment?

Jill Tiefenthaler | Posted 10.30.2012 | College
Jill Tiefenthaler

While there are plenty of non-monetary benefits of getting a college degree, the economic benefits alone should assure anyone who has doubts.

Saving Money, Saving Jobs

Dr. John Ebersole | Posted 10.27.2012 | College
Dr. John Ebersole

In one of the few areas where our political leaders agree, the statistics are indeed sobering. Nearly two-thirds of American workers are without a degree of any type.

Spend Less for Your College Kid -- From a Mom's Point of View

Ebong Eka | Posted 10.23.2012 | Money
Ebong Eka

The end of summer brings cooler temperatures, the fall season and back-to-school! Excited college students across the country will be checking into their dorm rooms for the fall semester this week.

The Real Value Of A College Education

AP | JUSTIN POPE | Posted 10.20.2012 | Money

-- Two new studies offer emphatic answers to much-discussed questions about higher education: Yes, a college degree is worth it, but yes, it's the mi...

Rethinking the Promise of a College Degree

Blake Boles | Posted 10.20.2012 | College
Blake Boles

A statistical average provides meaningful information about a population, but not an individual. Just because many people find financial security through college doesn't mean you must also.

America's Student Debt Crisis

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 10.14.2012 | College
Kyle McCarthy

At a time when funding for education is being slashed at all levels, the lenders are flush with cash as our leaders stand idly by, refusing to do anything about this ever-growing problem.

Where College Is Getting Most Expensive

SmartMoney | ANNAMARIA ANDRIOTIS | Posted 08.15.2012 | Money

SmartMoney: For parents concerned about the rising cost of college, financial advisers have traditionally recommended public universities. After al...

How to Graduate in 3 Years | Posted 10.09.2012 | College

Parents and students have several options that are worth serious consideration when it comes to managing the cost of higher education. The following six strategies have the potential to save a year or more of the cost of a college education today.

Is College Too Costly?

Donna Randall | Posted 10.09.2012 | College
Donna Randall

The higher education community -- as individual institutions and through our professional associations -- needs to gather and disseminate data that reflect the true value of a college education.

Untangling the Web of Retirement and College Savings

Jacob Gold | Posted 10.08.2012 | Money
Jacob Gold

The reality is that a college degree is table stakes in the job market today, and figuring out how to foot this bill has become one of the greatest financial challenges facing parents.

The Real Race to the Bottom: Affordability as the Message

Kent Barnds | Posted 10.08.2012 | Education
Kent Barnds

College should be accessible to all, and I understand that affordability is part of the definition of access. But the universal message of affordability represents a race to the bottom that should alarm all of us.