College Costs

  • Even Students Need to Pay Income Taxes

    Barry Lenson

    Even Students Need to Pay Income Taxes The ever-helpful Internal Revenue Service has created a page of tax information specifically for college students.  It is a really good idea to spend some time there, because it answers just about all the questions that any student could have about filing a tax return. If you are a student with three children, for example, how many dependents can you claim? If you are working and paying for your own college costs, should your parents still claim you as a dependent? When you visit the website, be sure to click on the Assessments page, which should really be called “Fun-Filled Tax Quizzes for Students.” If you visit, you will find out information like this about your taxes . . .  There’s ...

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  • Mariano Rivera to Become President of Harvard

    Barry Lenson

    Mariano Rivera to Become President of Harvard Image source: Cover, The New York Times Magazine, July 4, 2010  Okay, the title of today’s post is a joke. Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer in the history of baseball, is actually not going to leave the New York Yankees to take over the top post at Harvard. But the fact is, he could. He could quit the Yankees and take a job as a college president without taking a devastating pay cut. As the president of an American college, he could still live very well and support his family with a jumbo income. So Mariano, get out your tweed jacket and meerschaum pipe, because you are going to earn an income like these as a college president. Ten Highest Paid Private College Presidents, ...

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  • Marine Corps Slashes Tuition Assistance Program by 75%

    Barry Lenson

    Marine Corps Slashes Tuition Assistance Program by 75% “Tuition assistance slashed by 75 percent for Marines,” an article by Travis J. Tritten in Stars and Stripes, reports some bad news for American Marines who want to start college while they are in the service. Their tuition assistance program has just been slashed. To quote from the article . . . “The Marine Corps announced Tuesday it has slashed tuition assistance by 75 percent for service members who take classes on their off-duty time . . . The change went into effect immediately and reduces the maximum education assistance available from the Department of Defense standard of $3,500 per year to just $875 per year for Marines — about enough to cover two university course ...

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  • Want to Save Money on Textbooks? This Could Help

    Barry Lenson

    Want to Save Money on Textbooks? This Could Help September is on the horizon. And for many students who are returning to college, that means a trip to the college bookstore to buy textbooks that can cost $150 or more – each! But we have recently learned about a textbook discount program that could help. It’s called the Textbook Renter $100,000 Textbook Giveaway. We haven’t had the opportunity to thoroughly test the program for ourselves, but to learn more, visit the program’s Facebook page. Our preliminary test of the program went like this . . . We had to have a Facebook account to take part in the giveaway. We went to the Textbook Renter $100,000 Textbook Giveaway page. We had to enter our name and email address to ...

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  • Kindle Textbook Rentals: Finally a Way to Cut Absurd Textbook Costs

    Barry Lenson

    Kindle Textbook Rentals: Finally a Way to Cut Absurd Textbook Costs Students haven’t exactly been basking in good news lately. Rumors have been flying that Federal student loan programs are going to dry up. Tuition costs are predicted to rise at community colleges and state schools. And out at their conference in Utah, governors have been talking about cutting funding for state colleges and universities. But just when students are starting to feel like Bambi on the first day of hunting season, there’s finally some good news. The news, my friends, is that Amazon.com is now offering textbook rentals for its Kindle reader platform. Here’s what we know so far . . . Textbooks can be rented for between 30 and 360 days. If a stude ...

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