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Pell Grant History

The Pell Grant program is a type of post-secondary, educational federal grant program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. It is named after U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell and originally known as the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant program. Grants, which do not require repayment, are awarded based on a “financial need” formula determined by the [...]

Rising College Costs: A Federal Role?

The Obama administration, even as it tried to restrain other domestic spending in its 2011 budget request, has called for expanding the Pell Grants, the main federal college aid program for low-income families. If adopted by Congress, the president’s formula would raise the top grant to $5,710 in 2011, compared with $5,550 this year, according [...]

Highest paying college degrees and schools

Attending school in California and becoming an engineering major can really pay off for college graduates -- by thousands of dollars a year. According to a report released Thursday from salary-tracker PayScale.com, petroleum engineering majors and graduates of Harvey Mudd College are taking home the biggest paychecks. While mid-career salaries fell 1.5% overall between 2009 [...]

Choosing a College, What Really Matters?

When it came time to choose a college, I had researched and researched and visited and visited and thought long and hard about what I wanted—and focused on all the wrong things. The process of matching yourself to a school is different for everyone, and I’m no expert. But I’ve been through it a few [...]

Ivy League schools recruit nontraditional students, too

When Teresa Tanzi thought about going to college in her 30s, she took some classes at a local university and looked around at some other programs aimed at older, nontraditional students. But she was unimpressed. ''They just didn't have big aspirations. The attitude was, 'Yeah, we're giving you a degree because we understand degrees are [...]

How Safe Is Your College

The Yale murder has heightened concerns about campus security. The Daily Beast crunches the numbers and ranks the 25 schools with the biggest crime problems. The shocking murder of Yale doctoral student Annie Le had virtually every parent of a college student asking themselves the same question this week: Will my child be safe on [...]

College vs. University

 As the seniors at Dunnellon High School begin counting down the days to graduate, nervous at the outcome of their decisions in high school and hoping they get to go to their dream school, an important question comes to mind; college or university? How about two years in college to then transfer? The official United [...]

How Students Fare at For-Profits

Is it in the harshly critical investigative reports that stitch together one damaging anecdote after another to suggest that the institutions prey on academically underprepared, low-income students, leaving them with huge student loan debts and few job prospects? Or, as the colleges' officials themselves assert, is there a different (and more favorable) truth to be [...]

How To Choose a College That’s Right For You

The college search doesn't have to begin and end with the Ivies and the name brand schools. There are many schools out there to choose from — some known and some less known, all worthy of your attention. Here's some advice for trying to find the school that works for you. 1. Start with who [...]

Going Out of State Can Cost You

If she wanted to save money on tuition, Erin Patterson had to make some money quickly. As an out-of-state student at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Patterson needed to earn a certain amount on her W-2 in order to claim residency and thus lower her tuition bill. “I had no intention of becoming a resident of [...]