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2010 | April - June

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

Four Ways to Get College Textbooks Free

As students return to college campuses, one of the biggest price shocks they face will be at the bookstore. Dozens of science, engineering and business textbooks now list for more than $300 apiece. Students, professors, college officials and entrepreneurs are fighting back against these rising textbook prices and are developing new ways to distribute textbooks free of charge without requiring students to violate copyright laws or download big files illegally from BitTorrent sites.
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Wednesday, Jan 27 2010 04:29 PM

Conquering College and the Economy

Tuition prices continue to rise, but it is possible to earn a degree without a mountain of debt.
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Wednesday, Jan 27 2010 04:21 PM

College Costs Jumped $1,000 in 2009

The average asking price for tuition, room, board, books, and all other expenses at public universities jumped by $1,062, or 5.8%, to $19,388 for the academic year that has just started. The total student budget for private colleges rose by $1,638, or 4.4%, to $39,028, the College Board reported today as a part of its annual analyses of college prices and financial aid trends.
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Wednesday, Jan 27 2010 04:19 PM

12 Questions to Ask Before Investing in a Prepaid College Savings Plan

Despite all their faults, experts say some of the better “guaranteed” college savings plans are still good options for anyone whose kids are likely to attend participating schools.
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Wednesday, Jan 27 2010 04:16 PM

10 Best Jobs for College Students

These days, a good job is hard to find. But that won’t be a decent excuse for a slim résumé when you’re sitting across from the recruiter next year. Like it or not, college students are expected to be capable of pulling good grades in tough classes while gaining professional experience on the side. Hiring managers want to know that they won’t need to train new employees in the basics of life on the job. The 10 jobs listed below are great choices for students because they look good on a résumé, work around class schedules, offer decent pay, or—if they’re really great—all of the above.
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Wednesday, Jan 27 2010 04:00 PM

2009 | April - June

Post-9/11 G.I. Bill Offers Exceptional New Education Benefits

Earlier this year the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill went into effect, changing and expanding the education benefits available to veterans who have served since September 10, 2001. As Veteran’s Day approaches, U.S. News University Directory encourages those who qualify to take advantage of this program – none are more worthy of an opportunity to achieve the American dream.
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Tuesday, Jun 02 2009 04:00 PM

Maximize Your Chances for Need-Based Scholarships and Grants

Almost all graduate students feel they are financially “needy,” because they don’t earn very much money and are facing big tuition bills. So every grad student should at least fill out the single most important financial aid form, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). But students should also be realistic about their chances of getting need-based scholarships. Very little financial aid is awarded to graduate students based solely on financial need. Pell grants, which help pay tuition for millions of low-income undergraduates, simply aren’t awarded to graduate students, no matter how broke they are. Many grad schools – especially professional programs – tell students to borrow on the theory that their new degrees will help them get better-paying jobs, so they’ll be able to repay those loans.
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Tuesday, Jun 02 2009 03:55 PM

How a New Tax Credit Can Help You Pay for College

Are grandparents who are paying the tuition of a grandchild eligible to claim the new American Opportunity Tax Credit of up to $2,500?
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Tuesday, Jun 02 2009 03:52 PM