College Costs

  • How Much Do Elite Colleges Really Want Low-Income Students?

    Barry Lenson

    “Elite Colleges Differ on How They Aid Poor,” an article by Richard Pérez-Peña in The New York Times on July 31st, sheds some harsh light on how hard top colleges are really trying to recruit students who come from low-income households. “With affirmative action under attack and economic mobility feared to be stagnating,” writes Pérez-Peña, “top colleges profess a growing commitment to recruiting poor students. But a comparison of low-income enrollment shows wide disparities among the most competitive private colleges. A student at Vassar, for example, is three times as likely to receive a need-based Pell Grant as one at Washington University in St. Louis.” Pérez-Peña uses a simple yardstick to compare different coll ...

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  • How to Save Money on College Expenses

    Barry Lenson

    Reporter Megan Kowalski interviewed personal finance consultant Hitha Prabhakar for USA Today recently, and came up with some excellent strategies for cutting college costs. If you’re heading to college soon, you’ll want to check out Kowalski’s article for yourself. Some of Prabhakar’s winning strategies include: using used furniture and textbooks . . . buying supplies as you need them instead of in one pop . . . ditching your car . . . taking a roommate . . . completing AP classes in high school to knock them off ahead of time.  Those are all good ways to cut expenses. But because we’re StraighterLine, we have some other ideas too. The biggest one is to complete most of your core curriculum courses online at StraighterL ...

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  • Buy Yourself a Great Father’s Day Present with All the $$$ You’ll Save by Taking Courses Online

    Barry Lenson

    If you’re taking online courses at StraighterLine, you already know that you’re saving money. But you might not realize how much. Here’s a quick review of the math . . . If you take advantage of StraighterLine’s most popular pricing option, you can subscribe for $99 a month, then take as many courses as you want for individual fees that start at $49. If you crunch the numbers on that, you’ll quickly see that you can complete one year’s worth of college for a total cost that is in the range of about $1,000 to $1,500, depending on how quickly you can complete courses, how much time you have to devote to them, and other factors. But no matter how you take those courses, you are still going to save roughly $45,000 on college t ...

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  • Millionaire College Presidents: What the Highest Paid College Presidents Make

    Barry Lenson

    “What Public-College Presidents Make,” an article that The Chronicle of Higher Education just released, offers some eye-opening statistics like these . . . Graham B. Spanier of Penn State (you remember, the guy who resigned in shame after the football scandals there) earned $2,906,761 in year 2011-2012, thanks to a final payout. That’s not a typo, he made nearly three million bucks. Jay Gogue, president of Auburn University, earned a staggering $2,542,865. E. Gordon Gee of Ohio State University got $1,899,420. Alan G. Merten of George Mason University made $1,869,369. Those were the top four wage-earners. But as the Chronicle reports, lots of other college presidents are earning big bucks too. You can see a list of them h ...

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  • Save Money on College Tip 10: Take Two Years of Courses at StraighterLine

    Jeffrey Simons

    By Jeffrey Simons Today’s post is the last in a series of 10 tips on how to save money on college. Today’s tip is . . . Take Two Years of Courses at StraighterLine We hope you’ve been enjoying our series on how to cut the cost of college. For our last post, we have an out of the box suggestion that could change the way you think about your college experience entirely. Have you ever considered taking two whole years of college courses online with StraighterLine? Whether you’re going back to college as an adult learner, or starting college straight out of high school, if you want to lower your costs of college, this is a cost cutting idea that can save you thousands and thousands of dollars. Think about how much you can save ...

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