November 2012

  • Stop... Watch... Save with StraighterLine

    Barry Lenson

    There’s a simple reason more and more college students of all ages are taking StraighterLine online courses. College shouldn’t cost arm and a leg After all, online college courses should cost less than their offline equivalents. Which is why here at StraighterLine we’re always surprised when some for-profit colleges charge so much for the same basic introductory online courses we provide. The average cost per course is more than 5x cheaper at StraighterLine. Maybe that’s why Fast Company named us one of the “10 Most Innovative Companies in Education” and Inside Higher Ed said we offer the “... lowest-cost set of credit-bearing courses on the Internet.” There’s more to our story, including a special offer ...

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  • How Veterans and Military Personnel Can Use DSST Tests to Earn College Credit

    Barry Lenson

    Does StraighterLine or DSST Offer You Greater Speed or Better Value? Even though this is the StraighterLine Blog, we encourage you to investigate all your educational options and be sure that you are making the choices that fit your situation best. But here's a suggestion. If you already know a lot about one of the subjects that are tested on aDSST exam, it would make a lot of sense to go ahead, take the test, and see if you can earn some college credits easily. StraighterLine offers you a different kind of opportunity. If you want to earn college credits in a subject area that is new to you - or complete a required course in order to graduate - the StraighterLine is definitely the way to go. Some StraighterLine students report that the ...

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  • “Lay Away” Online College Courses this Holiday Season and Avoid Student Debt

    Beth Dumbauld

    By Beth Dumbauld It’s the preseason to the holiday season and you know what that means: a wreath with ornaments here, the waft of mulling spices there, and a rising tide of email deals and TV ads splashing lots of retail holi-dazzle across your screen. November also means ‘tis the season of layaway at retail stores. Pay a little now, and over time, you’ll be taking home something big – without (hopefully) incurring debt to do so. A few of the highest quality layaway programs include those at: Wal-Mart Kmart Babies “R” US Toys “R” US Each of these layaway programs is essentially “free” to the consumer this holiday season. What that means is having extremely low-to-no upfront fees, or fees that will be r ...

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  • An Invitation for International Students to Attend College in America

    Barry Lenson

    An Invitation for International Students to Attend College in America If you’re an accomplished student who has completed high school in another country, have you considered attending college in America? Chances are that you have. As you know, there are hundreds of excellentAmerican colleges and universities, far more than in any other country in the world. And the value of an American education is unequalled on the world stage. Yet if you’re not an American citizen, attending college in the United States can seem like an impossible dream – especially with the high cost of tuition at American colleges and universities. But don’t give up hope. There really are ways to attend college in America and pay for it too. Let’s take ...

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  • How to Avoid Defaulting on Student Loans

    Barry Lenson

    Students in Record Numbers are Defaulting on Loans . . .  “College students defaulting at record rate,”an article that Meghan Hoyer wrote forUSAToday, reports some sobering statistics that have just been released by the U.S. Department of Education. Last year's 8.8% default rate surged to 13.4% this year. Nearly half of defaulting borrowers attended for-profit colleges, despite the fact that they make up only 28% of the total borrowing pool, and 13% of all enrolled college students. That’s all pretty bad. But let’s turn for a moment to a question that could be closer to your own heart. How can you avoid borrowing too much to pay for college, then being unable to pay it back? Some of the answers to that questi ...

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