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Freshmen: Do These 7 Things Now to Not Be Broke Later

Alexandra Rice | Posted 12.18.2014 | College
Alexandra Rice

For many students, college is full of fun firsts: your first time living away from home, joining a sorority or fraternity and tailgating for football games, to name a few. But all of those things cost money, and Mom and Dad won't be there to help you pay for everything.

9 Facts About How to Manage Your Student Debt

Equal Justice Works | Posted 12.16.2014 | College
Equal Justice Works

Whether you are still deciding on college, taking out your first loans or are already in repayment, there is a lot to know about borrowing and repaying student loans.

Needed: A True Diversity Map for America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Sometimes childhood experiences motivate a lifetime of extraordinary work. That is certainly true for Georgetown University Law School professor and bioethicist Patricia King, a brilliant scholar and one of the most effective leaders you may not know.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Student Loans

Mary Johnson | Posted 12.02.2014 | College
Mary Johnson

Acquiring student loan debt can be an intimidating, confusing process; however, in today's educational environment, it's often a necessity in order to finance a college education. With proper advance knowledge and research, student loans are a worthwhile option.

Increasing Transparency in College Tuition Costs

Abigail Seldin | Posted 11.14.2014 | College
Abigail Seldin

One of the best-kept secrets in the college admissions process is the fact that tuition sticker prices rarely tell the whole story.

What's The Best College Saving Strategy When You Have Young Kids?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 11.12.2014 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

And as important as it is to start saving for college, it's equally important to be strategic about how you do it. From tax considerations to investing to understanding financial aid formulas, there are ways to get more mileage out of your money.

The College Olympics: How to Choose the Right College and How to Get the Right College to Choose You

Daniel R. Schwarz | Posted 11.19.2014 | College
Daniel R. Schwarz

Finding the right fit for college is a complex process requiring considerable effort. While not for everyone, higher education will not only expand your earning power by developing your skills and intellect, but also open the doors and windows to the pleasures of reading and the joy of learning.

5 College Tuition Hacks That Could Save You Thousands

Abigail Seldin | Posted 10.31.2014 | College
Abigail Seldin

Families shouldn't be left in the dark about what they'll pay for college. With admissions deadlines rapidly approaching, here is what you need to know.

With College So Expensive, How Do You Choose Where to Visit and Apply?

Eric Greenberg | Posted 12.20.2014 | College
Eric Greenberg

How do you know which colleges to visit? When? What to do? Here's how to choose the right college amidst fierce competition and rising costs and how to determine the ROI (return on investment) of a college education.

Student Success: Words of Wisdom

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Marybeth Gasman

The ways in which colleges and universities support student achievement in colleges and universities are very much contextual -- sensitive to the needs of their students, and hopefully to those from underprivileged backgrounds.

No Aid Left for You

Rachel Scott | Posted 12.15.2014 | College
Rachel Scott

Getting into your dream school may not be all it's cracked up to be after all. The truth is, it's hard enough getting into college but it's even harder to get out of it.

5 Tips to Help You Pay Less for College

Mike Branch, CFP | Posted 12.07.2014 | Money
Mike Branch, CFP

Obviously no one wants to borrow any more for college than they have to, but these days student loans are a necessary part of paying for college for most students and their families.

College App Essays Run Amok: A Coach's Advice, Sympathy and a Word About Spiders

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 11.22.2014 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

When the Common Application organization came into being in the 1970s, the point of it was to streamline college admissions, create one application and one essay that would do everything. Great idea, right? Yes. And no.

NYU Student Writes Heartbreaking Letter About Dropping Out Of College

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.16.2014 | College

A New York University has published the letter she personally wrote to school president John Sexton explaining her anger that she must drop out of col...

How to Survive Your Child's College Tours

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.27.2014 | 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.

Need Blind Admissions Is a Lie

Bev Taylor | Posted 09.23.2014 | College
Bev Taylor

While it may seem preposterous that all applicants would need financial aid, when you don't take into account their financial need, colleges run that risk. And college admissions officers don't like to take risks.

Thousands Of Students Could Have Pell Grants Taken Away After FAFSA Mistake

AP | Posted 07.24.2014 | College

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Potentially tens of thousands of students awarded a Pell Grant or other need-based federal aid for the coming school year could fin...

Margo Wright: How an App Could Help Low-Income College Students Graduate

Significance Labs | Posted 09.22.2014 | Technology
Significance Labs

Over the past two months, my team at Significance Labs has investigated how and why first generation community college students in New York City start to run into trouble. We confirmed that there are a plethora of barriers which prevent first generation students from earning a degree.

This Student Experienced A Tragedy, Then Donors Came To Her Rescue

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 07.14.2014 | College

Looks like miracles really do happen. As of Monday morning, Vanderbilt University student Cassie Wessely has accumulated $46,623 in donations to help ...

Confessions Of An Accountant: 'I Have $130,000 Worth Of College Debt'

LearnVest | Posted 09.02.2014 | Money
LearnVest

My take-home pay is a little more than $3,000 a month -- and roughly 45 percent of that goes toward my student loan payments. When that much of your paycheck is eaten up, something's gotta give.

Think College Costs Too Much? Thank the Government.

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 08.24.2014 | 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.

I Passed Up Full Scholarships For My Dream School -- And I Don't Regret It

Shi Hui Ng | Posted 08.20.2014 | Teen
Shi Hui Ng

While it's true that work study and possible loans may haunt me later, I don't want to regret not choosing Wellesley because of money.

Let's Be Clear: College Isn't Right for Everyone, But It's the Key to Socioeconomic Mobility

Nancy A. Roseman | Posted 08.18.2014 | College
Nancy A. Roseman

Let me be clear. College is not right for everyone, but it undisputedly remains the ticket to socioeconomic mobility. We need to stop debating its value, and instead focus on ensuring more students have access to college.

4 Things Parents Need to Learn Now About Student Loans

Jodi Okun | Posted 08.10.2014 | Parents
Jodi Okun

When determining how to pay for this massive life event, parents are often as confused as their students. With that in mind, here are four things parents need to learn now about student loans before anyone signs on the dotted line.

No, Education Isn't Enough to Get You Out of the Ghetto

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Over 73 million adults have a college degree in this country, but less than 2 million of them are members of the One Percent. Most earn less than a fifth of what they'd need to qualify for the One Percent.