Paying For College

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? ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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“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 ...

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The $500,000 College Degree

And you think today’s college costs are unreasonable. Well, hold onto your hat. As Ronald Reagan used to say, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! A recent Forbes article by Troy Onink begins with this sobering statement: If you want to pay for one of the top 100 colleges on Forbes Best Colleges list in 18 ...

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CA College for East Coast Student with Limited Funds?

Question: Our family lives on the East Coast and my son wants to go to college in California. We have saved $20,000 for him to go to college, far less than he needs. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you so much! We live on the East Coast, too, and my son considered several California ...

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Best “Money’s Worth” Colleges

I’ll say right up front that I’m not a fan of college rankings. Having witnessed (and reluctantly participated in) the annual debates and shouting matches inspired by the U.S. News‘ yearly pontifications, I’m loathe to discuss yet another set of rankings here. However, this newly released list of Best Colleges in America for Your Money ...

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