June 2011

  • Spooked By College Science Requirements? We Have a Solution for You

    Barry Lenson

    Spooked By College Science Requirements? We Have a Solution for You If you’re a college student, chances are that you’re doing an efficient job of knocking off your required core courses. English Composition? Check, you took it in your first semester! Social Science? Check, Sociology was no sweat!  College Algebra? It was tough, but you were strong and prevailed! Required Science? Whoa! Never happened! For many college students, required science courses – especially those that require lab work – are like speed bumps in the road to a college diploma. As Micaela D., a student from Michigan, told us recently: “I dropped Intro to Bio in my sophomore year to lighten my work load and here I am entering my senior year with my ...

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  • Unusual Ways to Pay for College Tactic #2 . . . Don’t Save Assets in a Student’s Name

    Barry Lenson

    Unusual Ways to Pay for College Tactic #2 . . . Don’t Save Assets in a Student’s Name With this post, the StraighterLine Blog continues its series of posts that offer straightforward tactics for reducing college costs. Today’s tactic is . . . Don’t save assets in a student’s name If you are a student who will be filing a FAFSA or applying to colleges for financial aid, it can be a big mistake to hold a lot of money in an account that bears your own name. (It can also be a big mistake to own a ton of real estate, to establish a big charitable foundation or to be named Reginald Rockefeller III – but that’s not your exact situation, right?) Why is it so bad to have assets in your own name? Simply because the FAFSA folks a ...

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  • Fifteen New College Courses Coming Soon to StraighterLine

    Barry Lenson

    Fifteen New College Courses Coming Soon to StraighterLine With our current catalog of 25 courses, you might think that StraighterLine has already come as close as possible to being the lowest cost institution in the world to offer such an extensive array of college classes. And you would be right! Well, you haven’t seen anything yet. In the very near future, StraighterLine will be introducing 15 additional online college courses. Here are the new college courses we’ll be adding: Business Introduction to Business Finance Personal Finance Health Sciences and Physical Education  Introduction to Nutrition Physical Education, Health & Wellness History United States History I Western Civilization I ...

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  • Unemployed College Grads tell their Stories in Online Videos

    Barry Lenson

    Unemployed College Grads tell their Stories in Online Videos "I developed a routine that involved sitting in the Starbucks on the Upper East Side with my laptop for hours on end. I even had a folder in my browser dedicated to job sites; I would click `open all in tabs’ and search the postings all day long.” – a 24-year-old college grad describes her job-hunting frustration in a video on The Huffiungton Post.  “The Unemployment Chronicles,” a recent posting on The Huffington Post, offers videos of  10 college grads voicing their frustration about being unemployed. All the people shown in the videos are well educated, intelligent, and fully prepared to start working life. Yet despite diligent efforts, t ...

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  • How to Use Online College Courses as Your Bridge College

    Barry Lenson

    How to Use Online College Courses as Your Bridge College For some years now, Northwestern University has been offering its College Bridge Program for high school students in Chicago. Here’s how Northwestern describes the program on its website . . . Thanks to a partnership between the Chicago Public Schools and Northwestern University, we are pleased to admit a select group of high school juniors from Chicago Public Schools to the College Bridge Program each summer. Each participant may enroll in one undergraduate course, for which he or she receives college credit. Tuition and textbooks are free, and students may choose from a wide variety of classes. By taking college-level courses with Northwestern undergraduates, participants in t ...

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