Fees

“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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Does Financial Aid Cover Campus Housing?

Question: I was wondering (and praying) if financial aid would cover campus housing. My mother and I have been unemployed for over 5 years and living under my grandmother’s roof. So we make 0 monthly. It is so very difficult to find a job where I am in NC. HORRIBLE. And the school I need ...

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Fee Waiver for International Student?

Question: How do you ask for a fee waiver as an international student? You don’t say if you’re asking about a college application fee waiver or a testing fee waiver. “The Dean” is guessing it’s the former, but “The Dean” likes to be thorough (at least when it doesn’t require excessive effort 😉 ), so ...

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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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College Students & 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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Is Real Job Better than Unpaid Internship?

Question: About a week ago, I went on a college tour where many colleges recommended employment as a way to boost admissions chances. I was recently accepted for an unpaid internship at a local lab this summer. Would most colleges consider this employment, or would they prefer it if I found additional paid employment employment ...

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Mandatory Costs at Stony Brook

Question: I wish to go to SUNY Stony Brook University and I saw that they have a transportation fee. They have it aside from tuition. Is it required to pay the transportation fee if I am to own my own car? And besides tuition, do I have to pay for other things besides taxes, for ...

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Should We Send Early Refundable Deposit to Safety School?

Question:My son was accepted to a college that recommends sending in his school deposit early. This is his safety school so he may or may not go there. They encourage sending in the deposit (this is not a housing deposit but is the school deposit) early so that he can get better housing. The deposit ...

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Finding The “True” Cost of College

One of the dangers of shopping for colleges is looking only at the so-called “sticker” price. The analogy is car shopping. When you go to a dealer’s showroom or car lot and wander among the shiny new vehicles there, perhaps your first stop is the price sticker in the window behind the driver’s door. This ...

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Most Expensive Colleges for 2011-2012

Here’s an amazing fact: In 2007, there was only one college that had a total cost of over $50,000. Now, there are 20 that cost over $55,000. Sounds like lots of schools are jumping on the high-cost bandwagon. The first question that pops into my head is: Are we getting what we’re paying for and ...

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