Saving on College

  • The Final Four: Why It Costs More to Sit in the Stands than it Costs to Earn College Credits

    Jaime Dalbke

    Which costs less - attending college basketball games or earning college credits? Okay, that's a trick question. But before you answer it, here's some perspective. Let's say that you'd like to head out to Indianapolis to watch the men's NCAA Final Four, or off to San Antonio to watch the women's. Good for you, but you'd better bring suitcases full of money. If you visit the NCAA's Website and click on the "buy tickets now" tab, you will find a variety of packages that let you reserve game tickets and hotel rooms. (These packages are not sold by the NCAA, but by sports travel packagers.) And guess what? If you are traveling alone, you will have to pay about $2,500 for a package that includes a five day/four night stay in a hotel and ti ...

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  • Breaking the SAT's Choke Hold on American Education

    Jaime Dalbke

    Did you know that the first Scholastic Aptitude Test was administered way back in 1901? Fewer than 1,000 students took it that year. Over the years, the SAT grown from a psychological experiment into a test that is taken by between 1.5 and 2 million students every year, at $45 a pop. Educational Testing Service (ETS), the organization that administers the SAT, doesn't like to tell how many students line up to take the test annually. The SAT has become a staggering money-maker for ETS, and for dozens of other businesses that swim alongside it like those remora fish that swim next to sharks, scavenging the dollars that ETS has somehow let slip through its jagged teeth. These hangers-on include tutoring companies that charge jumbo fees t ...

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