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College for the Rich

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 04.14.2014 | College
Adam Kirk Edgerton

Carlos, along with millions of others, is realizing that because of our unwillingness to fund public higher education, the promise of college is a lie.

Are We Letting Community College Transfer Students Down?

William G. Tierney | Posted 04.09.2014 | Education
William G. Tierney

The transfer entitlement grant could be the difference between transfer students taking out a loan they will have to pay back or graduating debt free. More importantly, the grant could be just the incentive a student needs to make the decision to transfer to a university.

The Devil Is in the Details: Sizing Up College Financial Aid Offers

Mary Johnson | Posted 04.01.2014 | College
Mary Johnson

It may seem like some of the schools are offering to cover all of your costs, but the devil may be in the details. As you and your child make the decision about where to send that deposit check by the May 1 deadline, here are some tips for determining what your choice will cost you.

Review Your Offer of Financial Aid With an Eye On Your Future

Maura Kastberg | Posted 04.02.2014 | College
Maura Kastberg

How you present yourself in person and on social media can come into play as admissions and financial aid officers make decisions about your financial aid package and your future.

3 Ways Parents Can Help Students Make Smart College Choices

Jodi Okun | Posted 03.27.2014 | College
Jodi Okun

Involving your child in this process not only makes him or her more motivated to accomplish what needs to be done in school, it also provides skills that can be used for a lifetime of success.

College Counselors: The Unsung Heroes of American Education

Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D. | Posted 03.24.2014 | College
Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D.

At this time of year on America's college campuses, seniors are counting the days until graduation -- always a multi-layered moment filled both with c...

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

Beth Kobliner | Posted 03.18.2014 | 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?

Dispatch From the Admissions Front

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 03.17.2014 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

A college president's least favorite book title is Silent Spring. Not the one about pesticides and the environment penned by Rachel Carson in 1962. I...

Why I Can't Relax About College (Just Yet)

Shi Hui Ng | Posted 03.17.2014 | Teen
Shi Hui Ng

While trying to calm me down, my mother called this ordeal the test to become an accountant, and that it's just one of the things that I'll have to deal with as an adult. After this whole fiasco, I don't think I'm fit to be an accountant.

Surprise! Two Bumps and One Jump-Start for High School Seniors on the Road to College

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 03.14.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

For some students there may be a few unexpected bumps before they hit the road for college.

Capping Public Service Loan Forgiveness at $57.5K Defeats Its Purpose

Tim Lowden | Posted 03.13.2014 | Education
Tim Lowden

If this proposal passes as is, I fear the benefits of education will not outweigh the burden of debt for most Americans. Education is a key component to the economic success of a country, but in America, it is becoming a more of a financial hindrance than a career gain.

Action Steps for Early College Prep

Jeannie Borin | Posted 03.11.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

There are countless details involved in the college admissions process, and gaining the knowledge necessary in a timely manner is crucial to ultimately making the final decision on where you will attend.

Get More Financial Aid for College

Mike Branch, CFP | Posted 03.05.2014 | College
Mike Branch, CFP

I do not recommend families hide money or game the system to get additional financial aid. However, I do recommend that you know the financial aid rules, work within those rules and adjust your college planning accordingly.

FAFSA, New and Improved?

Kristen Hansen Brakeman | Posted 03.04.2014 | Comedy
Kristen Hansen Brakeman

Everyone hates filling out the FAFSA college financial aid form, and for middle class families it can feel like a big waste of time. Let's face it, ...

5 Questions to Ask College Financial Aid Officers

Jodi Okun | Posted 02.27.2014 | Parents
Jodi Okun

Make sure you spend some planning time thinking about the questions you want to ask the financial aid officer so you don't get caught off-guard.

An Unnamed Advantage: What it Means to Be Financially Disadvantaged at a Private Research University

Aileen McGraw | Posted 02.21.2014 | College
Aileen McGraw

And let's talk with and question and consider not only one another, but also our university. The conversation about class at a private research university is by no means private. It's not anonymous either.

What Parents Should Teach Their Children About Student Loans

Jodi Okun | Posted 02.19.2014 | 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.

What it Means to Be Financially Disadvantaged in College

Audrey Cheng | Posted 04.15.2014 | College
Audrey Cheng

As a college student with almost full-financial aid, I work four jobs to pay for my tuition, housing and other activities. And I love it.

Using a Business Model to Make Jewish Summer Camp Affordable

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 04.12.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

Ask any Jewish family that sends their children to both a private Jewish day school and a Jewish summer camp about the affordability of such endeavors and they'll use words such as "sacrifice," "hardship" and "priorities."

Elite Universities Accused Of Creating Illegal Hurdles For Students

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.05.2014 | College

Dozens of elite and Ivy League higher education institutions may be violating the law by telling potential applicants they have to spend money filling...

Don't Forget to Update Your Student Aid Report (SAR)

Maura Kastberg | Posted 02.03.2014 | College
Maura Kastberg

Since these forms are directly related how much and what type of financial aid you receive, it is important that you look over the information for accuracy.

Parents: Don't Fall For Those FAFSA Myths!

Jodi Okun | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Jodi Okun

January is a time when parents of high school and college students across the country are pulling out their hair over the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Parents who manage to accurately complete the FAFSA are able to open the gateway to billions of dollars in federal, state and college financial aid.

6 Financial Aid Tips for First-Generation Students

Alexandra Rice | Posted 03.26.2014 | College
Alexandra Rice

Your mom didn't go to college. Your dad didn't go to college. Your brother and sister didn't go to college. But you want to go to college. The question is: How do you pay for it?

High School Seniors' January - June College Admissions To Do's, Redux 2014

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 03.23.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Seniors! If you're not completely finished with your college applications now, surely you will be very soon. There are a few more things you need to do before you say "buh bye" to high school.

Over-Reaching on Undermatching

Patricia McGuire | Posted 03.23.2014 | College
Patricia McGuire

Undermatching was one of the motivating forces behind last week's White House Summit on College Opportunity that included mostly elite institutions to the exclusion of broad access colleges.