College Costs

The Costs of Borrowing for College

The first of July 2013 rather overshadowed the Fourth with some college student loan headlines: “Student Loan Rates Double After Congressional Inaction.” “Interest rates on new college student loans double, but Congress could restore low rates later.” “Student loans: Exploiting America’s young.” “Student Loan Interest Rates Double.” Happy summer, collegians! In case you’ve been on ...

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Your College Return on Investment

There are two camps of upperclass high school students: (1) seniors, who have made their enrollment decisions and (2) juniors who are “in the barrel,” ready to make the plunge into the full-blown college admissions process. For seniors, the hunt is over. They are eagerly anticipating the dramatic new adventure that awaits them at the ...

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What Price College?

It’s all about ROI. That’s Return on Investment, for those of you not financially minded. The question seems to boil down to: Will I get a positive return on the time and money I put into a college education? I saw an interesting article about this. Why College Isn’t Always A Good Financial Investment makes a challenging ...

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Higher Ed Needs Repairs

Generally, I’m not big on cute acronyms, but I thought I would coin one (the one in my title above) to set the tone for my opinion piece today. I’ve been an avid observer and professional/parental participant in all things higher education for going on three decades now. At this advanced stage of my observational ...

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Financial Aid and Other Mysteries

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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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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Make College Less Expensive

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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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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