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December 21, 2011

Confusion Over Net-Price College Costs May Deter Students

It's true that college is expensive. But with financial aid, it's more accessible than many families—particularly low-income families—realize. Too often, families overestimate the cost of college and are unaware of the grants and scholarships available to help finance it, according to a p...

December 05, 2011

Obama Calls In College Presidents to Talk About Affordability

President Obama is meeting with college presidents and higher education leaders today at the White House to talk about college affordability, access, and success, Inside Higher Education and UPI are reporting. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is also expected. The guest list is reported to i...

November 30, 2011

Call for Colleges to Contain Costs Takes Center Stage

Talk of containing the soaring cost of college took center stage yesterday and today in a speech by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and in a hearing on Capitol Hill. Yesterday, Duncan spoke at the Federal Student Aid conference in Las Vegas and challenged colleges to do more to be innovativ...

November 22, 2011

Federal Consumer Bureau Seeking Info on Private Student Loans

Too often, college students take out private loans when federal ones have better terms. It's a problem that can cost students more in the long run and one that the government wants to address. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published a Notice and Request for Information on private loans t...

November 18, 2011

Study Habits of College Students Revealed in New Survey

Just how much are college students hitting the books these days? The 2011 annual National Survey of Student Engagement found full-time students put in about 15 hours a week, on average. It depends on your major, however, and how much your professor pushes you. Engineering was more demanding, while...

November 09, 2011

Young Adults Realize Importance of College, But Balk at Costs

A survey out today of young people ages 18 to 34 shows they embrace the value of a college education, but are frustrated with the rising cost of tuition and increased debt they take on to afford it. The nationwide, bipartisan survey was commissioned by the The Institute for College Access and Succe...

November 04, 2011

Some Public Colleges Offer Deals to Out-of-State Students

While some public schools may be eager to get the additional revenue that comes with out-of-state students, others are actually making deals to lure them in. (See the post I wrote on Monday about how more students were looking beyond their home state for college.) U.S. News and World Report identi...

November 03, 2011

Debt for College Grads Averages $25K; Unemployment Climbs

The latest numbers are out today from the Project on Student Debt at the Institute for College Access & Success, and they're not encouraging. Along with their degrees, two-thirds of seniors left college owing an average of $25,250 in student loans—5 percent more than a year ago. Unemployment f...

November 02, 2011

Where Do Students Get the Most Merit Aid for College?

Incoming college students can receive financial help based on need, merit, or a combination of the two. Increasingly, states are rewarding students with grants and scholarships linked to academic performance. State grants not based on need have grown at triple the rate of need-based grants over th...

October 26, 2011

Obama Hopes Initiative Will Better Inform Students Borrowers

President Obama's latest push to help student-loan borrowers includes an initiative to better inform them before they take on debt. Speaking at the University of Colorado in Denver Wednesday, Obama outlined his executive order to accelerate the income-based loan-repayment plan Congress approved las...

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