Paying for College

Surging college costs price out middle class

What do you get when college costs skyrocket but incomes barely budge? Yet another blow to the middle class. "As the out-of-pocket costs of a college education go up faster than incomes, it's pricing low and medium income families out of a college education," said Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of financial aid sites FinAid.org and FastWeb.com.  [...]

11 States to Receive Grants to Redesign Adult Education

Eleven states have been named as recipients of a grant to improve the quality of adult education and increase the number of skilled people with credentials in the work force. Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, and Wisconsin will each receive $200,000 as part of a program called Accelerating [...]

Help the Economy: Donate to a Scholarship

At Scholarship America, we hear time and again from students who receive scholarships through our programs that they benefit from both the financial assistance and the knowledge that their community believes in them enough to subsidize their education. Some students have shared that earning a scholarship was the catalyst for going to college, and to [...]

4 Overlooked Ways to Pay for College

Paying for college is rarely easy. Ideally, it's a longterm process of building and using a collection of savings, institutional aid, free money, and—if necessary—loans. But with so many avenues for financing your education, it's often difficult to sort out what might work best for you, given your situation and time frame. Whether you'll be [...]

Small Group of For-Profit Colleges Agrees to Observe Standards of Conduct

Facing pressure to shape up from Democrats in Congress, the federal Education Department, accreditors, and even traditional nonprofit institutions, a small group of proprietary colleges is trying to set a good example for the rest of its sector. In an agreement released on Wednesday, the 20 colleges in the group pledge that, by December 15, [...]

NBAA Scholarhip — Deadline

NBAA's scholarship program, generously supported through sponsorships, offers nearly $100,000 annually in cash awards as tuition reimbursement for enrolled students, and that number is nearly matched in monetary and training awards for working professionals. Read more...

6 Steps to Beating the Shortage of Financial Aid for College Students

Did you know that only about 40 to 50 percent of college students will get some type of financial assistance in the form of grants and scholarships in 2011 and 2012? According to experts, there are six steps that all college students should take to increase their chances of being among the lucky ones to [...]

Congress Proposes Relief for Student Loan Borrowers

As college costs continue to rise, and in an economic climate where family incomes are suffering, more and more students must borrow in order to gain access to higher education. The result is that an increasing number of graduates find themselves saddled with high educational debt. As we previously reported, the Project on Student Debt [...]

Consider 529 Plans for College Savings

Is there anything you can do as a parent if you want to help your children graduate from college without a huge debt burden? Yes—with a bit of planning. One option is a 529 plan (named for Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code that authorized them) which provides tax benefits in order to encourage [...]

Undocumented students may receive financial aid

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently expressed his support for the ideals of the California Dream Act, a bill that offers financial aid to undocumented college students. The California Dream Act, like the federal DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act, is meant to extend support to undocumented residents of the United States, particularly [...]