Paying For College

College for 2015 Grad On her Own

Question: If I graduated with the class of 2015 and didn’t apply to college or take the SAT what can I do if I want to apply for college now? Would I have to do my fafsa this January? I have been living on my own, would I still need my parents information? Where can ...

READ MORE »

A Proactive Approach to Student Debt

I was having a discussion the other day with a friend who was telling me about a mother she knew who was agonizing about her son’s college enrollment decision. The son had just been accepted to New York University but the financial aid being offered by NYU, plus the family’s financial situation, would mean that ...

READ MORE »

Parents And College Costs

We’ve been discussing the issues of college value, Return on Investment (ROI), and the effect of college costs on students (loans) and families (financial sacrifices). Those are heavy considerations that require much analysis before commitment. Today, as somewhat of an extension of those topics, I want to share some ideas and information about two additional ...

READ MORE »

The Cost and ROI of College

In case you aren’t familiar with that term “ROI” in my title, it stands for “Return On Investment.” An old adage says, “You get what you pay for,” meaning that more expensive goods and services are probably of better quality than those that are cheaper. But, when it comes to higher education, is that true? ...

READ MORE »

What to Know about the New FAFSA Changes for 2017-2018

Today’s article was submitted by David White. If you’ve been paying attention to state of higher education over the last year or so, you’ve likely heard some commentary or concerns over the rising cost of college in the United States. Indeed, the cost of a college education has been steadily rising over the last several years, ...

READ MORE »

Federal Financial Aid for U.S. Citizen Abroad?

Question:  I’m a U.S. citizen currently living in Thailand. I am seeking to obtain a BA to further my career opportunities as a TEFL teacher. Since I live abroad I’m wondering if I’m eligible for programs like the Pell grant. Any information you could provide would be extremely helpful. Thank you. As a U.S. citizen ...

READ MORE »

Scholarship for International “A” Student?

Question: I have straight As in GCSE O/A LEVELS Sat 1 =pending (giving it in jan ) Sat 2 =pending (giving it in june ) Ielts=pending (giving it in dec ) I wanna get some good scholarship in good US university.Plz help me “The Dean” receives hundreds of queries from highly qualified international students who ...

READ MORE »

In-State Tuition in Texas After Relocation?

Question: Hello Dean, I hope you can give us some insight/suggestions re: Residency. My husband & I plan to move back “home” to Dallas, TX, shortly after our son graduates from High School. Son is currently a High School Junior. We live in Ohio (have lived here 10 years now), but won’t likely move prior ...

READ MORE »

Student Loan Debt: Consequences

I’ve preached (a.k.a. ranted) here about student loan debt for years. Some of you may have become immune to my blathering and no longer pay attention to my cautions. That’s understandable but unfortunate in my view. The facts are apparent and easily found: National student loan debt reaches a bonkers $1.2 trillion. That’s $1,200,000,000,000. Put ...

READ MORE »

“Dream” College vs. Big Scholarship

Question: I’ve gotten myself into quite the situation, basically this will boil down to: is the wisest option the cheapest option or the one best for my education? I am offered an incredible scholarship to attend a school which does not have my major (Captive Wildlife Care and Edu.)- they’ve shown me how I could ...

READ MORE »