Paying for College

So Many Choices in Life, So Much Angst

After the column about my frustration over being on a college wait list, reader Marni Berendsen of Walnut Creek, Calif., suggested to read an article titled "The Tyranny of Choice" that she'd read in the April 2004 Scientific American magazine. Quoting the article, she told us what she thought I should do about my college [...]

Important Questions About Accreditation, Degree Mills and Accreditation Mills

How can I determine if an institution or program is accredited by a recognized accrediting organization? What accrediting organizations are recognized? How can I learn more about accreditation? What questions should I ask to determine whether a degree provider is a “mill”? Where can I find additional information about organizations believed to be “degree mills”? [...]

Student Loans Get a Makeover

Families shopping for student loans to help pay for college this fall could find it easier to get a federal loan—and will probably pay less, too—as new laws relegate private lenders to a smaller role. But securing a private loan could require more legwork. The changes, part of a health-care overhaul that was signed into [...]

How To Find a College Scholarship


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. [...]

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 [...]

15 percent tuition hike for all Florida state universities

Tuition will be rising 15 percent at all of Florida's state universities for the second straight year, increasing to a level that is still below the national average but starting to raise concerns among some members of the state governing board for universities. The Florida Board of Governors approved a 7 percent tuition increase Friday [...]

Avoid Scholarship Scams

Like other scams, the goal of scholarship scams is to deceive, using a lot of clever tactics, like asking for money in advance or promising a scholarship with a "money back guarantee." The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides information to the public about ways to avoid scholarships scams. To learn more about scholarships scams and/or [...]