Tag: choosing a college

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

During high school, a good counselor can make all the difference in helping a student apply to college, particular if the student is low-income or is the first person in their family to go to college. But recent studies have shown that there’s a huge shortage in the number of high school counselors needed to adequately […]

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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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The top 10 best private colleges in the U.S.

Posted on April 15th, 2015

While we’ve touted community colleges and public colleges as a way to make college more affordable, private colleges definitely have their benefits–especially those with large endowments, which tend to be most generous with financial aid.

College Factual recently released their list of the top 10 best private colleges in the U.S., based on factors including student body caliber, educational resources, level of degree completion, and post-graduate earnings.

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Students face heartbreak over financial aid packages

Posted on April 8th, 2015

"Colleges should have a moral responsibility to offer sane packages that don’t saddle students with unimaginable debt to start their adult lives." -- Chris Lehmann

By now, most high school seniors have heard back from the colleges to which they’ve applied. And many, unfortunately, are likely disappointed with the financial aid package they’ve received from the schools of their choice. In many cases, students find themselves heartbroken over not being able to attend their top-choice college because their family can’t […]

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New tool helps measure the value of your college degree

Posted on April 1st, 2015

When giving advice to students and families about choosing a college and determining how to pay for it, we tell them to look at the return on investment (ROI) of the degree.

The College Considerator is a new tool makes that even easier, by measuring the value of the student’s potential degree. This can help families and students figure out whether it’s worth paying for the college of their choice.

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Pressure for prestige has made college admissions a circus

Posted on March 26th, 2015

Applying to and getting into college puts enormous pressure on students and families. Many students believe they need to get into the “best” (highest-ranked) college possible in order to have a chance at getting a good job after college.

Particularly among the wealthy, there’s often competition between parents as their children apply to the same prestigious colleges, Robert Reich writes in a recent piece for Slate.

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The 10 Colleges With the Most Generous Financial Aid

Posted on March 23rd, 2015

As college costs have risen, financial aid at most colleges hasn’t kept up, leaving students to make up the difference with loans.

According to Peterson’s, the average college only provides enough scholarships or grants to meet 70% of what low- and moderate-income students need to pay their college bill.

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Many public colleges are leaving in-state students behind

Posted on March 17th, 2015

"By bringing in more and more wealthy nonresident students to make up for state budget cuts, these public universities are increasingly becoming bastions of privilege." -- Stephen Burd

As budget cuts have hit public colleges hard, many have raised tuition to make up the difference. But others, including the University of Alabama, University of Arkansas and UCLA, have employed a different strategy: enrolling more out-of-state students, who pay higher tuition than in-state students. Out-of-state enrollment on the rise at public colleges A recent […]

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Why are so many students choosing for-profit colleges?

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

For-profit colleges have faced bad press over the last few years–and deservedly so.

They’ve been accused of predatory lending, and graduates report poor outcomes, high student debt, and difficulty finding jobs.

In spite of this, and the fact that they’re more expensive on average than both public two- and four-year colleges, they’re increasing in popularity, particularly among younger students, according to The Hechinger Report.

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SUNY colleges rank high nationally among public schools

Posted on February 19th, 2015

There’s been another win for the affordable State University of New York (SUNY) system.

A recent study by The Business Journals analyzed the quality of 484 public colleges in America, and several SUNY colleges ranked among the best.

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