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College Tuition Costs

FAFSA and the Middle Class

Mary Anna Dennard | Posted 09.17.2014 | College
Mary Anna Dennard

Experts who know precisely how the government calculates EFCs say there's one overarching reason for this shock: the formula is so outdated--it's loosely based on a family budget from 1967--that it's no surprise many 21st Century families are astonished when they receive their EFC estimates.

How to Survive Your Child's College Tours

Holly Robinson | Posted 08.28.2014 | Parents
Holly Robinson

Like most parents with juniors and seniors in high school, I've spent some of my summer touring colleges. This was my fifth time around, so I thought it was time to pass on what I've learned.

The Big Dupe: What's the Truth About Student Loans?

Bob Hildreth | Posted 06.23.2014 | College
Bob Hildreth

Even if the government's optimistic accounting system is used, there is little profit to be had from undergraduates. Almost all of the "profit" comes from loans made to graduate students.

I Shouldn't Be Denied My Top College Because I Can't Afford It

Damani Eubanks | Posted 05.13.2014 | Teen
Damani Eubanks

In my own personal experience as a middle class student in the top 1 percent of my class, I've had to reconsider my college choices due to finances.

Student Loans, R.I.P.

Bob Hildreth | Posted 05.05.2014 | College
Bob Hildreth

It seems that the government is gathering kindling for a big bonfire.

Trends Worth Watching in 2014

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 02.15.2014 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

With the arrival of January each year, we college presidents have our work clearly cut out for us. But for everything that is predictable and knowable, there are many recent developments and trends that bring uncertainty, and demand vigilance.

Attainment Agenda Not The Enemy of Quality, But The Friend of Affordability

Jamie Comstock Williamson | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Jamie Comstock Williamson

If institutions sacrifice quality to decrease costs, they will decrease their potential to attract and retain students. In the long run, sacrificing quality to increase affordability just won't work. We have to increase affordability in other ways.

Are Elite Colleges Worth the Price Tag?

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

When choosing a college, remember that tuition cost shouldn't be the only way to calculate the value of your degree -- investing in schools with better internships, contacts or special programs can help you continue to build wealth years after you graduate.

Faculty Salaries Stagnate Despite Rising Tuition

The Old Gold & Black | Posted 11.20.2013 | College
The Old Gold & Black

A report submitted to the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) details shocking statistics regarding faculty salaries, which have been largely stagnant in recent years, failing to even keep up with the rate of inflation.

Higher Education Reform Could Penalize Students

Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D. | Posted 10.29.2013 | College
Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D.

Colleges and universities have long been concerned with the issues of controlling cost and providing the neediest students with access to a good education, and we welcome President Obama's interest in providing solutions.

Why College Costs So Much

Debora L. Spar | Posted 10.14.2013 | College
Debora L. Spar

What has instead driven the rise, on our campus and elsewhere, are two crucial but little discussed trends: expanded access and extended student services.

5 Ways Student Loans Hurt Middle-Class Kids

Adam Levin | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Adam Levin

Why should middle-class students pay more for loans than is absolutely necessary, all the while padding the government's coffers and enabling state universities to build facilities that the students will only get to use for four years?

Hello World : New Graduate

Clarah Rudo Manuhwa | Posted 07.23.2013 | College
Clarah Rudo Manuhwa

What is in store for the new graduates who have spent the big bucks on attaining education, or gone to extremes and are in debt for the so called "needed" education background?

Turn On, Log In and Graduate: Online Solutions to Student Debt Crisis

Nicco Mele | Posted 05.27.2013 | College
Nicco Mele

Paying thousands of dollars a semester to cram into a crowded lecture hall with a thousand other to receive the distilled knowledge of a tenured professor doesn't make much sense when the same lectures can be accessed online.

The Problem of Tuition

Frank H. Wu | Posted 04.23.2013 | College
Frank H. Wu

The hyper-inflation of tuition is well documented. By any measure, the cost of college attendance has increased dramatically. Higher education tends to be debt financed. The student loan bubble may well be like the subprime mortgage bubble -- only worse.

How Much Choice Do You Really Have?

Carmin Chappell | Posted 04.19.2013 | Teen
Carmin Chappell

There have been times when I have failed to realize the true privilege of choice. Attending college, let alone choosing between multiple colleges, is an opportunity that many teens will never experience.

The Dark Side Of Paying For College

Posted 01.11.2013 | Black Voices

By Jarrett L. Carter, HBCU Digest Veona doesn’t remember her first encounter as an escort, but she vividly remembers the feeling of waiting by th...

Faculty, Students Take Issue With Excessive College Administrator Pay Amid Tuition Crisis

Posted 11.14.2012 | Education

A 2010 study by University of Arkansas education professor Jay Greene found that spending on administration has been outpacing funds for instruction a...

Teen Opens Bookstore To Pay For College (VIDEO)

Posted 10.10.2012 | Teen

While most of his friends and fellow students will be taking out federal and private loans to pay for their college education, 17-year-old Stephanie L...

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.

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.

Mr. President, Money Doesn't Grow On Trees

Jack Cahn | Posted 11.10.2012 | Teen
Jack Cahn

President Obama keeps telling Americans that college education is necessary, but tells us nothing about where he is going to get the money to pay for it.

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.

Why Does College Cost So Much?

Dr. John Ebersole | Posted 08.28.2012 | College
Dr. John Ebersole

There is neither a single nor a simple reason for the exploding cost of college. Quality higher education has always been relatively expensive. In fact, it is often more costly to deliver than what is paid by tuition.

Do It Yourself or Die Trying

Holly Robinson | Posted 08.05.2012 | Money
Holly Robinson

These days, frugal is the new cool. Boxed wine is in. Fashion magazines trumpet vintage finds. Waste not, want not, is the new reality -- only it feels like old times to me.