College Costs

Figuring Out Financial Aid

If you are a high school senior applying to college, the closer you get to the end of the year, the closer you’ll be getting to the realities of paying for that college in which you finally enroll, mainly wrestling with the financial aid process. That process of finding out about and managing your way ...

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“Best Value” Colleges

Here we go again. Every year, various publications come out with their “rankings.” You’ll see biggest party schools, top-ranked universities and liberal arts colleges, best food (I mentioned those schools a while ago), best teachers, best grad programs, most expensive, most beautiful campuses, etc., etc. You’ll even get the flip side with all those “worst” ...

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College Cost Cutting

Tuition, room, and board costs are just the beginning of paying for college. Those “incidentals” (if you can consider a $300 text book an incidental) can really add up. For those of you about-to-be college “freshpersons” (observing the proper gender-neutral PC protocol here) who may not understand what all is involved in the incidental category, ...

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Due Diligence in College Selection

Okay. Let’s say that you’re a a rising high school senior, or even a rising junior who is thinking heavily about where to go to college. Maybe you’re the parent of a senior or junior and you’ve been pondering this whole college selection process for some time. Well, it’s now time to think about due ...

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Some College Costs (Mainly Textbooks)

Parents, you’re probably cringing at the thought of tuition, room and board expense for your son or daughter. Well, as you might expect, there’s more where that came from. The most expensive colleges and universities in the United States cost over $60,000 per year. Others, such as smaller private colleges and state universities can be ...

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What to Do about the Cost of College

I was looking through my personal library the other day and found an old paperback that I had purchased when I was in high school (back around the time that the earth was still cooling from its formation). It was called How to Be Accepted by the College of Your Choice (Completely Revised 1961-1962 Edition), ...

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College Life vs. Bank Fees

The tide of simple and cost-efficient college life is going out. Fast. Remember Gordon Gekko? Remember his signature line from the movie Wall Street? “Greed is good!” Well, his affirmation has manifested itself in almost a thousand colleges throughout the land when it comes to forcing their students to conform to their procedure for accessing ...

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College Aid Packages to Be Simplified?

The two most prominent prongs of the college admissions process today appear to be (1) What’s the best college for me? and (2) How can I afford it? Finding the answer to #1 is easier than solving #2 these days. Why is that? Well, first, finding the “best” college is usually a combination of mechanics ...

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College Cost Bubble Trouble

I’ve touched on this topic before, but the situation continues to get worse. Now, even the major mainstream media are becoming involved. Here’s Lawrence T. Lesick, vice president for enrollment management at Ohio Northern University, quoted in no less a source than the May 14, 2012 New York Times: “We know the model is not ...

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Out-of-State Exodus

The state of the nation’s economy is causing some rather odd decisions concerning college applications and enrollment. Up until now, traditional thinking has been that going to one of your home-state universities was a prudent move, both financially and educationally. That doesn’t seem to be the case any longer. These days, state universities are accepting ...

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