• Can the U.S. Government Help You Pay for College?

    Jaime Dalbke

    "The future belongs to the nation that best educates its citizens." - President Barack Obama's speech on education, March 10, 2009 Since President Barack Obama spoke those words nearly one year ago, has the U.S. Department of Education done anything to make it easier for Americans to attend college? The short answer to that question is, yes it has! In fact, the government has significantly ramped up its efforts to help Americans access higher education. It's helping provide grants and loans to worthy students - and you can be the beneficiary. If you want to learn about government sources of financial aid, here are some links to online sources of funding information: The U.S. Department of Education's main Website gives an ov ...

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  • Go to College for $99 on FOX News

    Jaime Dalbke

    FOX 5 in Washington DC ran a segment about StraighterLine during their Money segment on Tuesday, 2/23 titled "College for less". Here is the video in case you missed it:   ...

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  • How to Beat the Hidden (and Very High) Costs of Applying to College

    Jaime Dalbke

    "Squeeze Play 2010: Continued Public Anxiety On Cost, Harsher Judgments On How Colleges Are Run," a recent survey conducted by Public Agenda, reports that more Americans are worried about soaring college costs. Yet that survey never touched on the other college-related costs that can really mount up fast. I am referring to the costs of applying to college. Let's take a closer look at how they can really add up. $$$ for ACT and SAT test preparation - An SAT preparation class costs about $700. But if you opt for private tutoring for either the ACT of the SAT, get ready to pay $2,000, $3,000 or more. $$$ for the standardized tests themselves - It costs $41.50 to take the SAT (plus $21 if you register late). The ACT test costs $29.00, ...

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  • Applying to College? Big Brother Is Watching . . . Your Wallet!

    Jaime Dalbke

    An article entitled "Will You Get Enough Financial Aid?" in U.S. News just reported some troubling news for students who are applying to college. Here's a summary of what the article's author, Kim Clark, has to report: Fewer students are getting financial assistance. "Fewer than 3 percent of all the colleges in the country promise that they will award enough financial aid to meet the full financial needs of admitted students in 2010," Clark reports. Loans are replacing scholarships. Clark writes that ". . . the downturn in the economy has forced a growing number of even the wealthiest schools to increase the amount of loans they plan to ask needy students to take." Colleges are looking at your home's value. According to Clark, so ...

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  • Sixty Percent of Americans Now See Colleges as Businesses that "Care Mainly about the Bottom Line"

    Jaime Dalbke

    Are colleges now charging more than the average American family is willing to pay? "Squeeze Play 2010: Continued Public Anxiety On Cost, Harsher Judgments On How Colleges Are Run," a recent survey of 1,031 adults conducted by Public Agenda, shows that Americans still believe in the value of a college education. But at the same time, more of them are growing anxious as tuition costs spiral out of control. Let's take a look at what the survey found. First, the good news about American's perception of a college education . . . 55% of Americans believe that "A college education is necessary for a person to be successful in today's world." Back in year 2000, the same survey found that only 31% of Americans believed that was true. 59 ...

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