Paying for College

  • How Do You Know if You Are Paying Too Much to Complete Your College Degree?

    How Do You Know if You Are Paying Too Much to Complete Your College Degree?
    Beth Dumbauld

    A high percentage of college students need to take college courses outside of their degree program. And in general, you’ll find that you cannot use financial aid to take these courses. If your goal is to affordably earn a college degree--and to be sure you’re not paying too much--you need to pay attention to the cost of any college course that you intend to transfer, for credit, back into your college degree program. Want to try an online class? Take two free lessons on us today! Why do Students Take College Courses Outside a Degree Program? For many students, taking college courses outside a college degree program is not a choice, it’s a necessity. Here’s why: 1- Shut out of prerequisite college courses required for your d ...

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  • [VIDEO] U.S. Department of Education’s EQUIP Experiment and StraighterLine

    Beth Dumbauld

    StraighterLine is pleased to announce to be just one of a handful of programs to be selected for the U.S. Department of Education’s EQUIP experiment. Through EQUIP, StraighterLine and Dallas County Community College District/DCCCD will offer two associate degree programs where StraighterLine delivers up to 75% of the coursework. These programs will primarily serve students that have attended some college, but have not yet obtained a credential. Tuition will be $99 per credit which includes all materials. Learn more about EQUIP in this special video that features Joe May, Chancellor at Dallas County Community Colleges (DCCCD), Dr. Judith S. Eaton, President of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), Yuanxia Ding, Senior P ...

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  • Finding The Best Scholarships Online

    Finding The Best Scholarships Online
    Beth Dumbauld

    Whether you are looking to earn your degree online, on-campus, or through a competency-based education program, one of the best ways to lower your cost of college is by getting a scholarship. When adult learners first start considering a college degree, one of their most pressing concerns is how to afford it. A quality scholarship can make all the difference. Scholarship Help Is Available to Students Like You – Really Around $46 billion in scholarships and grant money is given out each year through individual colleges and universities as well as the U.S. Department of Education. $3.3 billion in funding is also provided annually by private sector organizations like corporations, associations, and foundations. That’s ...

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  • Education is Expensive – Lowering the Cost of College 

    Education is Expensive – Lowering the Cost of College 
    Beth Dumbauld

    College is expensive. With tuition going up by 70 percent or more in some parts of the country, even a public education seems to be slipping out of reach for a population whose earnings haven’t gone up at the same rate. At the same time, a college degree is more important than ever for students seeking well-paying careers. The solution for a generation of students: taking out loans to pay for education, and entering into costly payment plans. But as tuitions continue to rise, many people are questioning that concept too. Just how much debt should a person take on? Is there another way to make college affordable? There is another way, one that is quickly picking up steam: enrolling with affordable, accredited online institutions. H ...

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  • Why is College So Expensive?

    Why is College So Expensive?
    Beth Dumbauld

    College has always been a major life expense. However, it wasn't until relatively recently that paying for college became a perceived life sentence to student loan debt. Over time, the economics of earning a college degree shifted. It moved from being a financially accessible credential for getting ahead, to becoming a financially burdensome necessity for getting by. And here’s why: college has become more expensive relative to income, meaning a larger chunk of your paycheck is needed to pay for your college costs. Want to try an online class? Take two free lessons on us today! Fortunately, there are steps you can take today to reduce those costs--but first, let’s get a better idea of the reality of college expenses. A Catch-2 ...

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