Cost of Education

  • A $116 Billion Graduation Present for You

    Barry Lenson

    If you think that your Uncle Waldo gave you a big present when you graduated from high school this year, maybe you better think again. Because Uncle Sam just gave you a present that would be hard to beat. It’s the $116 billion that the Federal government has budgeted this year to help millions of American families and students pay for postsecondary education. Since investing in education is a big priority in Washington, the government is ready to help you pay for college in a variety of ways. There are loans, grants, work-study programs, and other options. Even better, the U.S. Department of Education has made it a snap to learn about these programs, through its Student Aid on the Web portal. Visit it, you’ll like it. It’s an ea ...

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  • Required Reading for 2010 High School Grads and their Parents

    Barry Lenson

    There’s no doubt that marketing guru Seth Godin possesses one of the keenest minds in business today. In a recent post on his blog, “The coming melt-down in higher education (as seen by a marketer),” Godin turns his attention to some major changes that have taken place in higher education while we were looking the other way. Here are a few of the points that Godin makes in this post, which we think should be required reading for graduating high school students and their families. More students are no longer going to the “best” colleges they get into. Many are looking for good educational values that will not require them to go deep into debt. More people are realizing that success does not depend on attending a “to ...

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  • Introducing a New Educational Paradigm that Puts the Student First

    Jaime Dalbke

    What is the first place you would try to cut educational classroom costs if you were running a college? If you have a good head for business, it probably didn’t take you long to realize that high-enrollment introductory courses are the place where you could save the most dollars without harming the quality of your overall educational product. Stop to think about it. If you are a college that needs to offer a remedial writing course to 100 students, you are probably going to pack them all into one lecture hall for a course taught by one professor - maybe with a few teaching assistants to help with grading. You are not going to send those 100 students into 10 classrooms, because that would cost a lot more. There are other reasons w ...

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