Knowledge Bound: The RSC Blog

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Posted on Jul 09, 2014 - 06:00 AM | Selecting a College | Comments (0)

If you ever plan to use your college degree to own your own business, then you should know that selecting a college can be an awful lot like running a business. You can do some things yourself, but for others, you’re going to want professional help.   Five Jobs Roles for Selecting a College   Lawyer. You’re going to have to look over the small print in the college’s Awards Letter that outlines exactly what your financial aid package looks like. You may also want someone to examine difficult college admissions terms or policies. Accountant. Financial a... More

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 - 08:45 AM | Selecting a College | Comments (0)

Money is an undeniably important part of the American college system. Parents start saving when their children are young, then worry they haven’t saved enough. Students worry about the debt they’re taking on, then spend 15 or 20 years paying it off.   Families struggle to look past money when it comes to college, but in the end, it influences the top two reasons students choose the colleges they do.   Student Factors In College Selection   Cost. Students look at the bottom line: tuition, fees, dormitory expenses (ro... More

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Selecting a College | Comments (0)

When most people think of college ability, they think of academic ability, or some special talent in the arts or athletics that will earn them a huge scholarship. Unfortunately, those aren’t the only “abilities” you need to succeed in college – or get great financial aid.   College Abilities to Develop and Consider   ·        Acceptability. Is the college acceptable to you? Does it have the major you want? Is the campus well maintained, with adequate security, in a location you want? Visit a college to make sure it... More

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Selecting a College | Comments (0)

People say it all the time: “There’s no such thing as the perfect college.”   And they’re right. But there is a “perfect college for you.”   The question is, “How do you find it?”   5 Characteristics of the PerfectCollege   1. Affordability. Can you afford the college? Does it offer great financial aid. It may have a lot of things going for it, but if you drop out over cost or take on student loans you’ll be paying back for the next 20 years, it’s not the perfect college for you. 2. Respecta... More

Posted on May 07, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Selecting a College | Comments (2)

Sometime in April, students and college flip roles. Colleges spend January through March as consumers, poring over applications and transcripts, deciding who gets in and who doesn’t, carefully picking through students like ripening fruit.                                              Then the tables turn. After the acceptance letters and financial aid offers have gone o... More

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Selecting a College | Comments (0)

Starting tomorrow, 68 NCAAA men’s basketball teams will compete for a coveted title – champion. Starting Saturday, 64 women’s teams will compete for the same title. It’s a one-loss elimination tournament that dominates office pools and water cooler conversations everywhere.   It’s March Madness. For some schools in the tournament – both big programs and Cinderella stories, it’s a recruiting tool. Students want to go to a college that’s a winner.   But is it really the best way to pick a college? Not unless you play for the team. ... More




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