• College in Three Years?

    Jaime Dalbke

    "Some colleges offering 3-year bachelor's degrees" An article just published in USA Today, reports that a small number of American colleges are starting to offer degrees in three years instead of the traditional four. Justin Pope, author of the article, writes: "Not much else seems to be helping keep down college costs, so maybe this will: a three-year college degree." What colleges are offering three-year degrees? One is Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, According to Pope, Hartwick is the "most high profile school yet" to offer the option of completing a degree in three years. But other colleges have officially entered the fray too. A little online research shows that they include Chatham University, Purdue University the Uni ...

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  • 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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