October 2013

  • The Best Online Engineering Programs Start Here at StraighterLine

    Barry Lenson

    If you’re thinking of studying engineering in college, you’re thinking smart. Recent engineering graduates are in demand from Coast to Coast. And engineering grads don’t only find jobs, they earn top dollar too. According to data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers that Lauren Weber reports in a recent post on The Wall Street Journal’s At Work Blog, seven out of the 10 top-paying jobs for recent college graduates are in engineering. They include: petroleum engineering (average starting salary: $93,500); computer engineering ($71,700); chemical engineering ($67,600); aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering ($64,400); mechanical engineering ($64,000); electrical/electronics and communications engineerin ...

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  • Start Your Career Success - Earn A Psychology Degree Online

    Barry Lenson

    Students who graduate college with a degree in psychology have a lot of career options today. According to “The Top 10 Reasons to Major in Psychology,” an article that Susan Krauss Whitbourne, PhD., Wrote for Psychology Today, there are some very good reasons why a psychology degree leads to success. “Workforce analyses of psychology majors show that psychology graduates do get jobs using their degree,” Dr. Whitbourne writes. “They may not be `psychologists’ until they complete their graduate training, but they put their psychology skills to use.” She goes on to point out these findings that were published in a recent white paper from the American Psychological Association . . . More than 40% of Bachelor’s-level ps ...

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  • How Much Will Your Student Loan Really Cost You?

    Barry Lenson

    You walk into your college’s financial aid office and fill out paperwork to borrow $14,000 at a 6% interest rate that you promise to repay over 10 years. The financial aid officer who helps you fill out the paperwork calculates that when you start to repay, you will write a monthly check for $155.40. You leave the financial aid office feeling pretty good. You can handle that monthly payment easily, so why worry? Maybe you shouldn’t feel so great, because you just signed up to pay $4,651.60 in interest on that loan. That’s another way of saying that you borrowed $14,000, but will need to pay back a total of $18,651.60. Bet you’re not feeling so good now. New StraighterLine Video Helps You Calculate the Real Cost of Borrowing ...

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  • Rasmussen College a Partner College Profile

    Barry Lenson

    Whether you are just starting college or going back to school to earn a degree, Rasmussen College is a great choice for you. Let’s take a look at why this top college has already attracted more than 14,000 students and why it continues to grow. Rasmussen College offers a tuition lock program*, which guarantees tuition will not increase for continuously enrolled students.   It is one reason why value-conscious students seek out Rasmussen College. Eighty-five percent of Rasmussen graduates are employed in their field of study or continuing their education**.  That high rate of success is a testament to the quality of Rasmussen instruction and to the extra care that Rasmussen takes to guide students toward the right career. Yo ...

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  • How Do You Know if You Can Afford Your College Degree?

    Beth Dumbauld

    It can be a challenge to know if the college where you plan on earning your degree is truly affordable. Let's face it, we are all persuadable. We don't always make decisions that are in our best interest. And when it comes time to go back to college and earn a degree, we can be overly influenced by the slick images of students happily holding their diplomas. We'd be far better served if those images came with disclaimers, such as "I took out $26,000 in student loans to earn this college degree," or "I took out $50,000 in loans," or in the case of a financially-savvy student "I didn't take out student; I took StraighterLine online courses." Yes, there is a posted sticker price to attend college, but what you actually pay for college, and ...

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