Cost of Education

  • How to Save Money on College with Low-Cost Online Courses

    How to Save Money on College with Low-Cost Online Courses
    Beth Dumbauld

    Today’s saving money on college tip is: Complete your general education courses online. Nationally, general education courses – the introductory courses that college students take in their freshman and sophomore years – represent about 1/3 of all course enrollments. Low-cost online courses provide a terrific solution for students who want to save on the general education courses they need for their degree. "Students can pay nearly 10 times less per credit hour for the same course completed through an online college course provider like StraighterLine than at a private 4-year college." Taking low-cost online college courses can significantly reduce the amount you pay per credit hour. For example, you can pay nearly 10 times less ...

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  • How to Pay Less for College & Get a Scholarship This Year

    How to Pay Less for College & Get a Scholarship This Year
    Beth Dumbauld

    According to new research from the Student Monitor, the number one problem that college students report facing today is the cost of education, with 66% of students agreeing with the statement that the “cost of college is too expensive.” That’s why we’re kicking off the new year with a series of practical tips on how to save money on college, so you can reduce your financial stress, pay less for college, and focus on what really matters – achieving your goals. Our saving money on college series will offer insight on scholarships and provide advice on reducing your cost of college, such as completing your general education courses online or enrolling in a competency-based degree program. Today’s saving money on college tip ...

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  • Is the Cost of College Scaring You? [Infographic]

    Beth Dumbauld

    Does the cost of college scare you? This infographic provides a visual guide to everything that may spook you about going back to school, and offers up some tasty treats to help you get started on an affordable college degree path. It compares the cost of college between different school types, shows the impact that debt has on college students, and offers up an innovative solution to help you get real savings on your college degree. Ready to get started? Sign up for a free trial today! Embed the above image on your site <a href="www.straighterline.com/blog/college-cost-infographic/"><img src="https://www.straighterline.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Halloween_Infographic_2014_small.jpg" alt="Is the Cost of Colleg ...

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  • You Can Control The Cost Of College

    Barry Lenson

    At state schools, tuition continues to rise. It does at exclusive private colleges too – the schools with immense endowments. Dartmouth College, for example, had a $3.9 billion endowment in 2012. Tuition there hovers at $45,000. Dartmouth also gives financial aid to 57% of its students, according to data on About.com. Instead of quoting a hefty tuition fee and then requiring only 43% of students to pay it, why doesn’t a school like Dartmouth simply lower tuition for everybody? That would make more sense than what they are doing, right? Yet there are good reasons why colleges won’t do that. For one thing, a certain number of college students come from families that are able, maybe even eager, to pay full tuition. Then there ...

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  • 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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