• Are Public Colleges a Hedge Against Rampaging Tuition Costs?

    Jaime Dalbke

    Only a few years ago, many college applicants regarded state universities as discount-priced "safety schools" that they could fall back on if other schools rejected them. That scenario is quickly changing. Here are some of the reasons why . . . Tens of thousands more students are applying to state schools. According to The Boston Globe, 2008 applications for early admission to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst surged 29 percent over the previous year. The same article also reports that applications to Framingham State and Westfield State increased by more than 40 percent in that same year. And according to one source at the University of Massachusetts, applications are just as heavy this year, and many applicants are going to ...

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  • 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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