College Costs

What’s Wrong with College These Days?

Okay. What is wrong with college these days? Well, for starters what, exactly, is a seller’s market? Here’s a good definition, in terms of home sales: A seller’s market is one in which there are more buyers than homes for sale. Since supply is less than demand, homes will be higher priced and more attractive ...

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The Quarter-Million Dollar Degree

What price college? If you’re a parent with a college degree and have a college-bound child, I’m sure that you have compared the cost of your education with that of your about-to-be-first-year daughter or son. The contrast is shocking. You may be fortunate enough to have a child who has been awarded a significant amount ...

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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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Predictions for 2015

Time to look ahead to the New Year and, for those of you who may care about what I think, to my predictions for college-related trends in 2015. These prognostications probably are of more interest to current high school juniors and their parents because this group will be in the college application barrel next fall. ...

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Is There A Better Choice Than College?

I realize that the purpose of this blog is to discuss all thing related to college and college admissions. However, I’ve been hearing a lot of discussion lately about the extremely high cost of college and the related miseries of student loan debt. Accordingly, people have asked me if, indeed, the overwhelming majority of high ...

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In-State Tuition for Returning Michigan Resident?

Question: My daughter is 24 yrs old. We have lived in Michigan for 15 yrs and she graduated from high school in Michigan. She moved to California to stay with her grandparents to get her associates degree and now is moving back here and wants to get her 4 yr degree at Michigan State. How ...

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Dining Hall Dilemma

Parents, if you think your college student is eating all his or her meals in the college dining hall, you’re sadly mistaken. You may recall some of my ravings here about those very special nights when I was in college (yes, that was back well before all the planets in our solar system were formed) ...

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The Weight of Higher Education Expense

Have you ever noticed that the smaller bridges in your area have weight-limit signs on them? “Weight Limit: 10,000 lbs.” the warning may read. This is the roads department’s way of telling you how much is enough. Granted, those weight-limit signs are probably showing a very conservative number. That is, if it says “10,000 lbs.,” ...

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Be A Frugal Freshman

College costs more than just tuition, room, and board. I’m always amused every summer by the threads that appear on the College Confidential discussion forum about “What to buy for college?” Usually, it’s mothers looking out for their sons and daughters. My favorite threads are the ones about sheets. “Should we buy king-size sheets?” “What ...

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“Free Lunch” Colleges?

The search for new ways to make college affordable for the masses continues. Thinking “out of the box” has arrived in Oregon. A couple articles attempt to explain this radical approach. The Atlantic couches it as: Instead of paying for school up front, students would owe the state a set percentage of their income after ...

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