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How To Apply for Federal Student Aid

Getting financial aid starts with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. By filling it out, you apply for the U.S. Department of Education's federal student aid programs, the largest source of student aid in America. In many cases, you're also automatically applying for funds from your state, and your school as well. [...]

Beware: College Credit for Life Experience

Although many legitimate institutions give academic credit for life and work experiences, beware of institutions that offer college credit and degrees based on life experience, with little or no documentation of prior learning. These institutions do not use valid methods to determine the amount of credit to be awarded. There are many employers, institutions and [...]

For-Profit Colleges Find New Market Niche

Kaplan University has an offer for California community college students who cannot get a seat in a class they need: under a memorandum of understanding with the chancellor of the community college system, they can take the online version at Kaplan, with a 42 percent tuition discount. Read more...

Senator Calls for New Rules for For-Profit Colleges

At the first in a series of oversight hearings on for-profit colleges, Senator Tom Harkin  made it clear on Thursday that he saw a need for new regulation of for-profit colleges, to prevent waste of taxpayer money, and fraudulent practices that harm students. Read more...

Battle Lines Drawn Over For-Profit Colleges

The battle lines on the future of for-profit colleges were being drawn Wednesday, a day before a series of Congressional hearings on the issue were to begin. Fueled by federal student aid, the for-profit sector has mushroomed in the last decade. While overall post-secondary enrollment increased 31 percent from 1998 to 2008, the for-profits’ enrollment [...]

Investing in Education: The American Graduation Initiative

As part of his effort to build a stronger foundation that will allow us to lead in the global economy, the President announced a historic initiative to strengthen our nation’s community colleges, and called for five million additional graduates by 2020. Speaking at Macomb Community College in Michigan, the President stressed the importance of education [...]

Community Colleges Cutting Back on Open Access

In this economy, community colleges are widely seen as the solution to many problems. Displaced workers are registering in droves to earn credentials that might get them back in the game. Strapped parents, daunted by the cost of four-year universities, are encouraging their children to spend two years at the local community college. But for [...]

College Dropouts Cite Trouble Going to School While Working to Support Themselves

Most dropouts leave college because they have trouble going to school while working to support themselves, according to a report released Wednesday by Public Agenda, a nonpartisan research group. With the Obama administration pushing to improve the nation’s competitiveness by doubling the number of college graduates, many educators, foundations and policy groups are turning their [...]

3 Tips to Help You Graduate Early

Did you know that over the past few years, more and more students have been graduating “late”? It’s true–they’re taking more than the typical 4 years to graduate college, and you know what that means: extra years of studying, and extra years of tuition. 1. Cash in AP Credits 2. Make Time for Academic Advising 3. [...]