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October 24, 2011

New Gift Idea: Chip in to Pay Cost of Tuition

Don't know what to get a teenager or young adult in your life for the next holiday? You could pool your money with other friends and relatives to pay for college expenses. A new website, ShareAGift.com, allows people (or a friend or family member on their behalf ) to create gift pages for a specif...

October 20, 2011

Community College Dropouts Come at High Cost, New Report Says

There is a high cost to federal, state, and local governments when full-time community college students don't return for a second year. A new report by the American Institutes of Research estimates the cost of freshman dropouts over five years is $4 billion. The Hidden Cost of Community Colleges by...

October 13, 2011

Quality of Net-Price Calculators Varies Among Colleges

The deadline of Oct. 29 is fast approaching for colleges to meet a federal requirement to have cost calculators on their websites. While designed to be a helpful way for families to comparison shop for colleges, the quality of what's been put online is mixed and not always user-friendly. The Instit...

October 10, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Movement Gets Support From Higher Ed

Just what is the Occupy Wall Street thing all about? I found it hard to explain to my kids at the dinner table the other night. It's about people being angry at the system, I said. The financial system. Big corporations. Now, I can expand that to include frustration with and from higher education....

September 23, 2011

Money Increasingly a Driver in College Admission Process

College admissions officers admit there is increasing pressure to recruit students with the ability to pay, according to a new, anonymous survey.

September 20, 2011

Price Calculators Help Students Sort Through College Costs

Colleges are busy complying with a new federal requirement for a "net-price calculator" so students can get a better sense of the true cost of attending a particular institution.

September 19, 2011

Focus on Historically Black Colleges in Degree Completion

To meet President Obama's goal to have the country lead the world in having the most college graduates by 2020, administration officials say every type of higher education institution — including Historically Black Colleges and Universities — need to ramp up completion efforts. To help ach...

September 16, 2011

Students Expected to Pay More as Economy Hurts Colleges

Two reports out this week reflect the tough financial reality that many colleges are facing in this economy and its impact on students.

September 12, 2011

Students Struggle to Pay Back Loans; Default Rates Rise

News out from the U.S. Department of Education today on student-loan repayment reflects the hard times that young people are having with unemployment and the increasing trouble that those who attend for-profit colleges are having in paying back their debt. The official fiscal 2009 national student-...

August 30, 2011

Students Want More Rigor in High School to Be College-Ready

A new survey of students taken one year after they graduated from high school shows that most highly value college, but wish they were better prepared for it. Looking back, students say they regret not taking more math, science, and writing-intensive coursework in high school. One Year Out, a surve...

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