Paying For College

What Law Governs In-State Tuition?

Question: What law says you have to be a state resident to receive In-State tuition? An example of any state works. (For High School Debate) In-state tuition practices are set by the board of higher education in each state, and I would call these “regulations” or—better yet—“policies” rather than “laws.” They can vary a lot ...

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Financial Aid Awareness Month

February is Financial Aid Awareness Month. Did you know that? I’ll be honest; I didn’t. That is, I didn’t until I received a helpful message from a gentleman at LendEdu.net, which said, in part: In the spirit of Financial Aid Awareness Month, I wanted to let you know about a helpful financial aid resource we ...

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Terrible Textbook Tariffs

When you think about the cost of going to college, major categories come to mind. You consider the cost of tuition, room and board, meal plans, possible car expenses, parking permits, clothing, maybe even fraternity or sorority dues. However, one of the areas that often escapes budgeting is textbooks. Think about what possible major you ...

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The Threat of Debt

Following up on my previous post about paying for college and the realities of student loan repayment, today I would like to share some new survey information about the longterm effects of significant debt, student loans and otherwise. The findings are both interesting, surprising, and maybe even shocking. Specifically, this survey involves responses from Millennials. ...

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When The College Bill Comes Due

My post today is aimed at seniors … college seniors, who will graduate in about six months and head out into that mythical “real world.” Aside from the need to find gainful, hopefully satisfying employment, that real world includes one very sobering reality: debt. I’ve written a number of rants here about the perils of ...

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Sticking to Your Scholarship Search

I love creating these hilarious, creative titles for my blog posts! The secret behind today’s hilarity is that I’m going to be talking about the 18th Annual Duck brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest. Getting money for college may be harder than actually getting through college. The world of college scholarships is both vast and frustrating. ...

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Unusual Sources of Money for College

If I were conducting a survey of both students and parents about their biggest college-related concerns, I would put my money on “How to pay for college” as the biggest issue among those queried. That just makes common sense, due to the astronomical cost of college these days. Consequently, families scour the Internet and other ...

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Will Colleges Know If I Live with My Mom or My Dad?

Question: I am a senior applying to colleges this year. My parents are divorced and share joint custody.  For grades 9 through 11, I lived mainly with my mom, but last month I moved in with my father on something of a trial basis. A couple of the colleges on my list require only the ...

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Division 3 Athletic Scholarship? Hmm ….

Question: My son is going into 12th grade and is interested in swimming in college. He is good enough to be on a Division 3 team and he isn’t looking for an athletic scholarship because he knows that the NCAA doesn’t allow Div. 3 colleges to give scholarships. But recently he met a girl whose ...

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Can I Pay In-State Tuition After One Year in Another State?

Question: I’m about to be a high school senior and would like to go to a public university in a state far from home, but paying out-of-state tuition won’t be affordable for me. I’ve heard that, in most places, you only have to live in a state for one year in order to apply for ...

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