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Higher Ed Slims Down

Kitty Dare | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Kitty Dare

Higher education in America fails mostly for the same reason people get fat. It takes a lot of hard work to be successful no matter how you go about it. But there are options.

6 Things You'll Learn About Colleges Watching The 'Ivory Tower' Documentary

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.25.2014 | College

The new documentary "Ivory Tower," by filmmaker Andrew Rossi, explores the growing student debt crisis, and how colleges got to a point where they're ...

Avoiding the Need for Student Debt Relief

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. | Posted 06.24.2014 | College
Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.

College matters. Education matters. Having a well-paying and satisfying job matters. Being able to live as free as possible from college debt matters. I don't believe the American dream for most people is to go to the most expensive Ivy League or most prestigious research institution, and then go on to become rich and famous.

Think College Costs Too Much? Thank the Government.

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 06.24.2014 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

I am not going to argue that a four-year college education isn't expensive. It is. I won't argue that its return on investment makes it worthwhile, although it surely does. I also cannot argue that increasing the number of administrators doesn't increase the cost of a higher education. It does.

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...

How to Determine the Cost of Sending Your Child to College

Jodi Okun | Posted 05.27.2014 | College
Jodi Okun

Before starting to think, "Oh, no, what have we gotten ourselves into," parents should take some time to get themselves comfortable with the cost and benefit of sending a child to college.

Public Colleges Used To Be The Cheap Option. Now? Not So Much

Stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 05.15.2014 | College

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline, where it was originally published. Once public university tuition goes up, it rarely, if ever, goes d...

Horror Headlines Usher in Spring at Colleges

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 06.27.2014 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

There is no cure for the reality that the traditional undergraduate population is declining in numbers, that student debt is a ferocious beast that cows students and families, and that the expectation that a college degree will guarantee entry into one's preferred employment field is not always well founded.

Punishing Public Service

William G. Tierney | Posted 06.03.2014 | Education
William G. Tierney

The students with the greatest debt and highest need for loan forgiveness are left with the short end of the stick. What message are we sending to graduates interested in public service?

Cheap (or 'Free') Is Not the Only Answer for Higher Education

Chris Maples | Posted 05.27.2014 | College
Chris Maples

Why do I believe that the current suite of cost-reduction options do not really address the needs of higher education into the future? Because these mostly politically motivated proposals address price borne by students (as opposed to actual cost) and completely ignore value.

Is This What Will Finally Stop The Student Debt Crisis From Growing?

The Huffington Post | Posted 03.26.2014 | College

With the economic problems associated with student debt well-established, more state lawmakers are considering proposals to send students to college w...

How The Cost Of College Went From Affordable To Sky-High

NPR | Posted 03.19.2014 | College

It was a different story 70 years ago, when most Americans thought college was only for the wealthy elite. That changed after World War II with the Se...

What to Expect When You're Accepting: A College Cost Checklist for Parents

Beth Kobliner | Posted 05.18.2014 | Parents
Beth Kobliner

As kids across America are celebrating their college acceptance letters, parents of high school seniors are freaking out over the quarter-million-dollar question (as some private school sticker prices hit $60,000): How are we going to pay for it?

Another Way Poor Families Are Getting Screwed By Colleges

| Jon Marcus and Holly K. Hacker | Posted 03.09.2014 | College

Data show poorer families are bearing the brunt of college price hikes By Jon Marcus and Holly K. Hacker America’s colleges and universities are...

Another Sign The Cost Of College Is Becoming A Bigger Factor

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 03.06.2014 | College

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new survey of the nation's college freshmen has found that the percentage attending their first-choice school has reached its...

Why Public Colleges Cost More

Richard V. Hurley | Posted 04.30.2014 | College
Richard V. Hurley

What's pushing our costs up? Obviously, inflation is a factor. So is the age of our buildings: the older the college, the creakier its buildings, the higher the maintenance. But the biggest part of our budget -- 75 percent -- goes to personnel costs.

Strip Club Aims To Recruit College Students In Campus Paper

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 02.21.2014 | College

Would you strip to cover college costs? With the price of tuition at all-time highs, a coalition of strip clubs in San Francisco thinks some students ...

What Parents Should Teach Their Children About Student Loans

Jodi Okun | Posted 04.20.2014 | Parents
Jodi Okun

If you or your child decide to rely on federal or private student loans to cover some of the costs of college, it is a good idea to sit down before the freshman year even begins and talk about the implications of being in debt.

Online Higher Ed a Cost Savings for Students, Universities? Think Again

Susan Meisenhelder | Posted 04.16.2014 | College
Susan Meisenhelder

One of the most widely touted claims in the conversation surrounding online higher education is that it will save students, universities and taxpayers...

The Rising Cost Of Not Going To College

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 02.11.2014 | College

WASHINGTON (AP) — The earnings gap between young adults with and without bachelor's degrees has stretched to its widest level in nearly half a centu...

Why Some Colleges Are Slashing Tuition

us news | Kelsey Sheehy | Posted 02.10.2014 | College

This article comes to us courtesy of U.S. News & World Report, where it was originally published. The cost of college is rising at a breakneck pace...

The Thing That No One Talks About When It Comes To The Cost Of College

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 01.25.2014 | College

The cost of getting a higher education isn't just increasing in America, it's happening in the United Kingdom as well. The more people find themselves...

Financial Advice to Give Your High School Senior for the New Year

Jodi Okun | Posted 03.18.2014 | Money
Jodi Okun

While a good college education is certainly one gift most parents want to bestow on their children, the financial responsibility shouldn't all fall on the parents' shoulders.

A (Late) New Year's Resolution: Colleges, Opportunities and a 'Fit'

Richard Greenwald | Posted 03.05.2014 | College
Richard Greenwald

Today's students of limited means don't have the guides, networks or support, and they sometimes go to colleges they can't afford, where they struggle, fail and leave (with debt).

How College Pricing Is Like Holiday Retail Sales

ProPublica | Marian Wang | Posted 01.23.2014 | College

You know all those seemingly great sales during the holidays? It turns out, they are often a "carefully engineered illusion."  A recent piece in the ...