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2009-10 College Prices

You hear so much talk about the price of college, it’s easy to get intimidated — but how much does college really cost? The answer is “It varies.” Colleges come in a wide variety and, depending on the choices you make, the price of a college education can be quite reasonable — especially if you [...]

Fees, Tuition, and Estimated Student Budget

UCLA is committed to helping students finance their educations; the Financial Aid Office works closely with all students who need financial assistance.[1] A financial aid award generally consists of a combination of scholarships and grant money from UCLA and other sources, low-interest loans, and a work-study job during the academic year. Read more...

Retirees can head back to school with discounts

Nearly six decades after graduating from college, Pete Shannon still can't get enough of lectures and homework assignments. The 78-year-old Dallas retiree has taken dozens of classes at his local community college since he stopped working as a CPA in 2004. This summer he studied music composition, and in the fall he plans to tackle [...]

Getting Into Med School Without Hard Sciences

For generations of pre-med students, three things have been as certain as death and taxes: organic chemistry, physics and the Medical College Admission Test, known by its dread-inducing acronym, the MCAT. So it came as a total shock to Elizabeth Adler when she discovered, through a singer in her favorite a cappella group at Brown [...]

Can Community Colleges Save the U.S. Economy?

Community colleges are deeply unsexy. This fact tends to make even the biggest advocates of these two-year schools — which educate nearly half of U.S. undergraduates — sound defensive, almost a tad whiny. "We don't have the bands. We don't have the football teams that everybody wants to boost," says Stephen Kinslow, president of Texas' [...]

Private Colleges, Considerations Worth Studying

Once when I was in charge of recruiting reporters for a small newspaper, I confronted professors at my alma mater, California State University at Northridge. Why was it, I asked, that when I called in search of their best Journalism School grads, I would get the runaround – but when I called the University of [...]

Colleges Reduce Out-of-State Tuition to Lure Students

California State University, East Bay, has never had the cachet of nearby Berkeley. But it has a great location overlooking the San Francisco Bay and aspires to raise its profile and grow. So starting this year it is trying something different to lure applicants: participating in a regional program resulting in lower tuition for students [...]

Advantages of Attending a Community College

Richard O’Brien wasn’t sure he wanted to attend a community college. “Most of my friends were going straight to four-year schools and there is some negative stigma attached to attending community colleges,” he says. After considering the pros and cons, O’Brien decided to attend Danville Area Community College and then transfer to complete his engineering [...]

Difference Between Colleges and Universities

University vs College The difference between a college and a university is that generally a college offers set of degrees in one specific area whereas a university has a collection of colleges. For instance when someone goes to a university he/she will graduate from one of their colleges such as Business College or Engineering College. [...]

Government Cuts Thousands of College Work-Study Jobs

Students hoping to earn a little extra cash on campus this fall will have a tougher time as the number of federally funded work-study college jobs nationwide will drop by 162,000 to 768,000 for the 2010-2011 academic year.That's distressing news for students when the unemployment rate for young people continues to top 15 percent, and [...]