Do our students think that their liberal education proves valuable in regard to their careers and finances in later life? A purely economic indicator seems to show that their answer to that question is Yes.
Since the 1970s, Jeffrey Selingo, editor at large for the Chronicle of Higher Education, acknowledges, plenty of people have predicted the end of colleges and universities as we know them. Now, however, Selingo thinks they may be right.
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.
As annual duties go, completing the FAFSA in spring is as pleasing as having a mammogram while filling out your 1040. Warming winds lure young and old to neighborhood cafes and parks as middle-aged parents of college kids collectively growl at computers.
These students and their families cannot bear additional costs. The president's proposal, although it might lower interest rates very slightly in the first year, will ultimately allow those rates to rise uncontrollably.
Our most significant policy challenge of the last few years has been weighing the social good of ensuring that qualified applicants can afford to attend against the fiscal constraints, worsened by the recession.
The coming weeks will bring gasps from students and families involved in the final phase of choosing a college -- usually when they open the financial aid award letter from a college and see their expected out-of-pocket cost.
For first-generation students, navigating the college process can seem like an impossible task. Complicating matters more, first-generation students often struggle with planning for college, completing the FAFSA, and applying to college when compared to their more affluent peers.
What none of us want is to have higher education mirror one of the most damaging trends of the society at large: the threatened elimination of the middle class. Instead, let us create a new class of enlightened individual, prepared for the unknown future.
Congress can help students achieve postsecondary success by fixing the federal student aid system to focus on completion. The sooner lawmakers make these changes, the sooner more students will realize their American Dream.
Now is the time for high school juniors to begin developing a well-balanced list of target, reach, and likely schools to apply to this fall, and one of the most significant, and often times limiting, factors that families and students consider when deciding where to apply is cost.
Most families tend to overestimate college costs, and with a little preparation and persistence you and your child will find a school that's within your financial reach. Here are some tips for getting started.