Tag: college admissions

10 ways to get colleges to show you the money

Posted on January 7th, 2014

With the cost of college reaching as much as $63,200 at the nation’s most expensive college, Sarah Lawrence, getting financial aid has become a necessity for most families and students.

There are several steps families can take to maximize their financial aid package in order to make college more affordable.

According to U.S. News Education, here’s how to get colleges to show you the money.

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A roundup of our best financial aid posts

Posted on December 19th, 2013

Getting those last-minute applications in? Make sure you’re applying to plenty of schools that offer financial aid and scholarships.

In case you missed them, check out our best posts on finding affordable schools, finding scholarships, and paying for college.

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How 5 students are getting into college–and paying for it

Posted on December 17th, 2013

December is a stressful time for college-bound students and their parents. With the pressure to finish up scholarship and college applications, along with the impending doom of paying for it all, students and families’ anxiety can really build up.

Hechinger Report recently took a look at five students and their families to learn how they’re navigating the college admissions process, dealing with the pressure and stress of applying, and figuring out how to pay for college.

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RIT offers support, scholarships for women in STEM

Posted on December 13th, 2013

"Here you will be immersed in an environment that supports women in engineering. What I hear from women who join our college is that it was this environment that turned their heads and made them come to RIT." -- Harvey Palmer

At most colleges across the nation, the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields have been increasingly dominated by men, with the number of women enrolled in STEM falling 10 percent in the last 15 years. One Western New York college, however, goes against this trend, making it a great choice for women interested in these fields. Thanks […]

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Grad tells students to drop out, go to community college

Posted on December 11th, 2013

"At the freshman and sophomore level of classes, the quality of education per dollar at a community college is superior to any other institution. After two years, work hard, and you can get into your dream university while saving $40k. Your transcript will look the same at the end of four years, I promise." -- Peter Thayer

Do you want to graduate from the school of your dreams without going thousands of dollars into debt? Start your degree at a community college, urges one University of Rochester graduate student. In an article he wrote for his college newspaper and in the video above, grad student Peter Thayer recommends that college freshmen drop out and […]

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Burritos for college

Posted on December 2nd, 2013

When it comes to dealing with tasks that seem daunting or difficult, the promise of a tasty burrito at the end might just be what it takes to pull you through and get you to accomplish that annoying errand.

According to the AP, one high school is capitalizing on the widespread popularity of the Mexican chain by giving students free Chipotle gift cards for finishing their college applications early–something most students dread and put off until the last minute.

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Full scholarships available at Monroe Community College

Posted on November 18th, 2013

Looking for an affordable college option? Consider starting your education at community college.

As we’ve written before, attending a community college for two years before transferring to a 4-year college or university is a great way to save money on your college education.

And now, thanks to a generous donation from two of its alumni, one community college in Rochester, NY has made that option even more attractive.

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Beware: your tweets could prevent you from getting into college

Posted on November 13th, 2013

As much as we’d like to think our social media profiles are our own private broadcast forums and we can say what we want with no repercussions, it isn’t true in today’s world. Unfortunately, when it comes to college admissions, it seems free speech doesn’t apply.

College admissions officers are increasingly checking prospective students’ social media profiles and factoring these into the admissions process.

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Who should get financial aid?

Posted on November 11th, 2013

"Student aid forms and formulas are so complicated that they practically serve as obstacles to success, and for some of the truly daunted, even barriers to access." -- Mark Kantrowitz

How should financial aid be given out? How can we make college more affordable? How can student loans be improved? The NY Times recently explored these questions and more in a Room for Debate column. Simplifying financial aid The higher education professionals involved in the discussion emphasized the need for creative solutions to pay for […]

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The pros and cons of online education

Posted on November 7th, 2013

A recent poll showed that one-third of Americans believe online programs offer better value and provide more variety than traditional classroom education. When it comes to education quality, however, the public is less enthusiastic.

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