Category: Choosing a College


The top colleges doing the most for low-income students

Posted on September 17th, 2015

While many colleges offer a great education, there are definitely some that are more accessible to low-income students than others.

For low-income students concerned about the cost of college, it’s important to know which colleges offer generous financial aid and programs that will help them succeed and graduate without taking on enormous student debt.

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The biggest misconception about community college

Posted on September 9th, 2015

"Community college is not a second-class education. It's a first-class opportunity." -- Isa Adney

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Students can now transfer credits between SUNYs

Posted on August 27th, 2015

"When you start college at SUNY, we are going to do all we can to help you finish your degree on time and with less debt. Ensuring seamless transfer is one of the most fundamental ways we deliver on that promise." -- SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher

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The 10 colleges that add the most value

Posted on August 8th, 2015

In an era of sky-high college costs, it’s extremely important to consider a college’s ROI before committing to potentially take out tens–or even hundreds–of thousands of dollars in student loans to go there.

But it can be difficult for students and families to assess the value of a college before deciding whether or not to attend. Many factors, including the student’s major, will play a role in the long-term value of the degree.

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Community college pays off for many graduates

Posted on August 4th, 2015

"It's not the degree that matters, but what you got the degree in and, to some extent, where you got it." -- Mark Schneider

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The best colleges for your money: 2015-16

Posted on July 14th, 2015

We talk a lot about college value, but few rankings systems take affordability into account.

MONEY, however, recently released its yearly list of the colleges ranked by how much value they deliver to the student, by providing a great education at an affordable price and good career prospects.

We’re big fans of their methodology, because unlike the rankings in U.S. News and many other publications, they strive to show students how important it is to consider return on investment when choosing a college.

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Where the jobs are for future college graduates

Posted on July 8th, 2015

While college does more than prepare you for a job, it’s a reality that career preparation is part of a college education.

With the average cost of college rising rapidly each year and student debt topping $1.2 trillion, it’s crucial for today’s college students to research what types of jobs they’ll be able to get after college and figure out how much they can expect to make, particularly if they have student loans to pay.

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Most high schools don’t have enough college counselors

Posted on July 2nd, 2015

"The result is an overtaxed system in which many students either never go to college, go to institutions that are the wrong for them, or never learn about financial aid for which they may qualify." -- Timothy Pratt

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The top 10 colleges in Upstate New York

Posted on June 22nd, 2015

While there are plenty of national college rankings to help students and families make their college choices, rarely do such rankings focus on a specific geographic area.

That’s why we’re excited that Buffalo Business First has put together a list of the top 10 colleges in Upstate New York–the area where College Financing Group is based.

While the area might be more known for its heavy snowfall, it’s home to a bevy of elite, quality colleges–including an Ivy League college in Cornell University.

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What job will you get with your college major?

Posted on May 29th, 2015

When many students choose a major, particularly one in the liberal arts or humanities, they often face questions from friends and family about “what they’re going to do” with that major once they graduate.

While a major is no guarantee that you will or won’t be qualified for a job, there are some general trends among majors that can help students understand their career options.

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