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Posted on Feb 29, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Student Debt | Comments (0)

Paying for college is often a lot like buying groceries – you want to get the best value for your money, but you also want your meal to be a satisfying experience. You look for ways to control your costs, but some of them don’t make sense, like driving all the way across town just to save 5¢ on a can of soup. In the end, you’ve spent too much for something that would have been just as good without the unreasonable effort.   It was a cost you could have controlled.   By controlling less obvious factors that affect cost, you’ll also find that you can ke... More
 
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Posted on Feb 27, 2012 - 06:00 AM | SAT Prep | Comments (0)

Critics claim the SAT and ACT exams contain racial and gender biases that lower the test scores of minorities, women, and low-income students. Both the College Board and ACT have made efforts to correct these problems, but opponents claim they persist.   Then there’s the SAT Optional Movement, in which certain colleges don’t use the SAT as an admissions standards, though roughly 80% of colleges still do.   So why is that the SAT and ACT entrance exams remain an important part of higher education? Why are they still the standard for college admissions? ... More
 
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Posted on Feb 24, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Education Reform | Comments (0)

In his January 24th State of the Union address, President Obama mentioned keeping a College Scorecard, in which the Department of Education would publish important statistics about colleges, including tuition, average student loan debts and graduation employment rates.   We’re happy the government is attempting to make these financial facts available to students and their families, but as with any new proposal, it poses certain problems worth considering.   3 Things to Consider for the College Scorecard   What does the name mean? Will there be new facts? ... More
 
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Posted on Feb 22, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

The simplest reason you need to avoid remedial classes?   They don’t work.   But why they don’t work is a big story, and their effect on your college success is the reason you need to read it.   Facts About College Remedial Classes   Remedial classes, sometimes called developmental classes, are designed to get unprepared students up to speed at a particular college. They’re supposed to improve a student’s reading, writing and/or math abilities.   But consider the facts: ·        34% of student... More
 
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Posted on Feb 20, 2012 - 06:00 AM | Selecting a College | Comments (2)

This spring, upperclassmen all over the country will be paying serious attention to the colleges that interest them most. Sophomores and juniors should focus on ways to narrow theirr list of college choices, while Seniors have the biggest decision of all – how to pick the one college that is right for you.   Factors in Choosing a College   Choose a college you can afford. This may seem obvious, but it’s often to difficult to know exactly which colleges you can afford because the sticker price at a college is often not the amount you’ll pay after you r... More
 
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Posted on Feb 17, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Tuition | Comments (0)

When a product gets too expensive, people stop buying it and the price goes down. People even do this with food. If it’s too expensive to eat out, they stay home. If they can’t afford healthy food, they eat processed goods. Basically, if you can’t afford it, you don’t need it. It’s the basic law of supply and demand.   Except for college. The price has been going up rapidly over the past 30 years. Since 1982, the cost has jumped 530%, twice that of inflation. And yet more people than ever are going.   Until now, that is. Finally, people are deciding ... More
 
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