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2010 | October - December

Comparing College Costs: How to Get the Most for Your Tuition Money

Want to know if accredited online colleges are as good as their campus-based counterparts, and if online college courses can really save you a lot of money? Wondering if you can accomplish your educational goals at a two-year community college, or if you’re better off pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a four-year school? Find out here!
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Friday, Dec 03 2010 10:16 AM

You Can Work Your Way Through 11 Grad Degrees

You don’t need scholarships or family savings to afford a graduate degree at even the most expensive university, says Benjamin Bolger. He should know. The 34-year-old lousy speller has earned – no kidding – 11 graduate degrees from some of the world’s most expensive and elite universities.
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Monday, Nov 01 2010 02:26 PM

2010 | April - June

Student Credit Crunch May Ease

Thinking about borrowing to pay for graduate school? Listen first to Bobbie Daniels, a fourth-year osteopathic medical student at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
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Thursday, Jun 03 2010 11:21 AM

Looking to Save for Grad School? Here’s How!

Universities desperate for cash are raising tuition for their graduate programs so that the average in-state public program now costs about $30,000 a year (including living costs). Private colleges average about 30% more per year.
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Wednesday, Jun 02 2010 03:49 PM

How to Get In-State Tuition

The hype about colleges’ heightened admissions standards and skyrocketing tuition in crowded and financially troubled states such as California may be drowning out the surprising reality that many affordable public colleges in less populated areas are eager for students and are willing to cut good deals. Some schools are even willing to extend their generosity to less-than-stellar students.
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Wednesday, Jun 02 2010 03:46 PM

Facing Down the Financial Crisis After School

I first landed on a London trading floor in 2001. I started in high-yield research and worked my way up, developing a strong interest in finance – credit trading in particular. I won’t lie; it was tough. I was a young woman and a foreigner (French) working in a high-pressure environment, and I’d been thrown into the deep end. But I thrived amid the intensity and really enjoyed the challenge.
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Wednesday, Jun 02 2010 03:43 PM

Competition is Tough!

The tides of chance will splash everybody with a little bad luck from time to time. But a tsunami of economic troubles and unfortunate demographics is deluging the nation’s 3.3 million high school seniors. The class of ’08 may well be the unluckiest group of high school grads in modern history. They are certainly the largest senior class ever, which means they face far worse chances of getting into a selective college than their older – or younger – brothers and sisters. Indeed, they are opening a record number of thin college rejection letters right now.
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Wednesday, Jun 02 2010 03:40 PM

Budget Cuts Take Toll on Education

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Wednesday, Jun 02 2010 03:38 PM

5 Big Financial Aid Lies

One of the reasons students and parents are so frustrated by their attempts to figure out how to pay for college is that many of the terms that government officials and college administrators use can be misleading.
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Wednesday, Jun 02 2010 03:34 PM

Tuition Assistance: Does Your Employer’s Plan Measure Up?

You’re thinking about going back to school, and can’t think of a better way to do it than to get your company to pay for it.

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Wednesday, Jun 02 2010 03:00 PM

Your Employer Can Help Pay for Your Degree

At least half of all American workers get some sort of educational benefit from their jobs. Most employers will pay only for courses that they consider to be work related. But quite a few employers (covering at least 15% of American workers) will pay for almost any course. Here’s how to maximize your chances of getting your employer to help pay your tuition:

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Wednesday, Jun 02 2010 02:41 PM

Who Really Gets the Most College Financial Aid?

One of the complaints I hear most often, and which I see posted most frequently on Web stories about financial aid, is a version of this: “If you’re poor, you get all the free money you could possibly want. If you’re rich, you already have all the money you need or want. But if you’re in that nice medium called middle class you get screwed right out of your socks,” which was posted last year at by “College studen” (sic) of Texas. (I’m assuming CS simply mistyped and knows how to spell the word student.)
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Wednesday, Jun 02 2010 02:00 PM

Student Loan Forgiveness: What You Need to Know

Are there any catches to the government’s new income-based student loan repayment plan? Sure. Edie Irons, communications director for the nonprofit Project on Student Debt, says fine print in the new law could trip up some debt-burdened grads.

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Wednesday, Jun 02 2010 10:44 AM

The 4 Best Grad Student Loans

A handful of charities and universities lend a little tuition money without charging any interest. But for the vast majority of graduate students, the cheapest and easiest educational loans to attain are those offered by the federal government because they offer advantages such as no payments during school and public service forgiveness.

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Thursday, Apr 15 2010 11:23 AM

2010 | January - March

Seven Ways to Cut Thousands From Your College Costs

Many students are ratcheting their budgets downward because of reduced incomes and financial aid. Nevertheless, college aid officers still see plenty of students appealing for aid for what the colleges call “lifestyle” expenses. Tracey E. Alexander, assistant director of financial aid for the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University, says while some students are prioritizing their spending, others are “just finding more creative ways of requesting money . . . ’Wardrobe maintenance’ turns into ’internship interview preparation materials.’ “

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Wednesday, Jan 27 2010 04:41 PM

Seven Reasons to Work Your Way Through College

Many students say they don’t want to take part-time jobs when they start college because they’ll need all their time to study (or party).

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Wednesday, Jan 27 2010 04:40 PM

More Financial Aid for Adults Who Want to Return to College

Millions of unemployed and underemployed adults are thinking about going back to college to improve their job prospects in this rotten economy. One of the many strange secrets of financial aid is that the amount of money available depends on what degree students aim at. For example, government agencies, charities and universities give very few grants to graduate students hoping for an MBA or other professional degree. They figure these students will earn enough with these degrees to be able to repay big loans.

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Wednesday, Jan 27 2010 04:39 PM

Last Minute Tips for Finding College Cash

“My daughter is a senior. We financed her first two years using the Parent PLUS Loan, and she took a Sallie Mae private loan out for her third year, with us the cosigners. Well, this year, we do not qualify as a cosigner for this loan again. Neither my parents or my wife’s, our brothers or sisters qualify as cosigners either because they are retired and living on Social Security, or have job loss problems or large debt. We are searching for some kind of financing that she can qualify for. She is unemployed but is still looking. Do you have any other options, suggestions?”

—Matt F., “Aging Parent,” 8/10/09

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Wednesday, Jan 27 2010 04:37 PM

How to Find College Loans

The credit crunch and debacle on Wall Street have wiped out those easy-peasy $40,000 college loans that used to be all over late-night TV. And the feds are considering a dramatic consolidation of the educational lending industry that could reduce options still further. But no matter what happens in Washington or on Wall Street this year or next, most students will still be able to borrow enough to cover the bulk of tuition at their local public university at a reasonable cost from the feds.
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Wednesday, Jan 27 2010 04:35 PM

Government Helps Low-Income Grad Students Pay for School

Today’s economy means higher tuition and fewer scholarships for graduate study. But starting this fall, grad students will get a big break when it comes to repaying federally backed loans. That’s when they’ll be able to ask the government to let them pay a percentage of their income instead of a standard fixed monthly amount.
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Wednesday, Jan 27 2010 04:31 PM