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How to Choose the Right College When Returning to School

Which school is right for you as a non-traditional student? Students heading off to college after high school graduation often pick a school based on its popularity or where their friends plan to matriculate. As a non-traditional student, you should put a little more thought process into choosing the college you plan to attend. Returning to school as an adult with other responsibilities can be challenging. Selecting a college that best fits your needs can ease the transition back to life as a student and make your time in school much more enjoyable. School considerations for the non-traditional student The reason you're returning to school and your personal situation are two of the most important factors to consider when browsing college Web pages or visiting campuses. If you're hoping to improve your career or perhaps head in a new professional direction, it's important to choose a degree field that can increase your opportunities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides occupational trends for just about every profession and the educational requirements that may assist your advancement in each field. Their Web pages can be an invaluable tool when deciding on a degree program.

Online School Helps Grown-Ups Finish College

There are an estimated 37 million Americans who have some college credit but no degree — and Western Governors University is trying to change that. The nonprofit online school is challenging many traditional concepts about higher education with a new approach aimed to help adult students finish college. And after 15 years in existence, the [...]

Instead of Work, Younger Women Head to School

Workers are dropping out of the labor force in droves, and they are mostly women. In fact, many are young women. But they are not dropping out forever; instead, these young women seem to be postponing their working lives to get more education. There are now — for the first time in three decades — [...]

5 Great College Towns for Winter Enthusiasts

Prospective college students who have begun the search for their future home may take many factors into account: academic prestige, retention rates, and tuition, to name a few. Life outside of the classroom is an important aspect of the college experience, too, and many students desire a university with a vibrant winter atmosphere—and a lot [...]

Deadline for Colleges to Sign New Agreement on Military Tuition Assistance Is Extended

Bowing to pressure from members of Congress and colleges, the Defense Department has agreed to postpone its January 1 deadline for institutions to sign a controversial new memorandum of understanding in order to remain eligible to receive military tuition assistance. Read more...

Community Colleges Struggle to Train Workers With Limited Funds

Business leaders depend on community colleges to offer work-force training, but high unemployment and state budget cuts have made it harder for the sector to do that work. That's the message of a report released on Wednesday by the Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama. Read more...

What Is College For?

Most American college students are wrapping up yet another semester this week. For many of them, and their families, the past months or years in school have likely involved considerable time, commitment, effort and expense. Was it worth it? Some evidence suggests that it was.  A Pew Research survey this year found that 74 percent [...]

University Challenge

Anger about the cost of college extends from the preppiest of parents to the grungiest of Occupiers. Mr Obama is trying to channel the anger, to avoid being sideswiped by it. The White House invitation complained that costs have trebled in the past three decades. Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, has urged universities to [...]

College graduation rates: Income really matters

It's getting more difficult for low-income students to climb the economic ladder as the college graduation gap between the rich and poor grows. While more students from all backgrounds are finishing college, the difference in graduation rates between the top and bottom income groups has widened by nearly 50% over two decades. Read more...

5 Ways College Students Can Prepare for Finals

College finals week can throw even the most seasoned of college students for a loop. No matter how many times you've been through it, finals week is still a major pain in the brain. What is supposed to be the last lap of the semester often turns into a sleep-deprived, caffeine-fueled, stress-inducing cram fest. While [...]