College Tuition Hikes Easing

College Tuition Hikes Easing

With $50,000 colleges and beyond, it only appears as if the cost of college is absolutely skyrocketing. However, new research actually suggests that the total net cost of college (tuition minus scholarships/aid) is decreasing slightly, according to an article in the Washington Post. In the previous few years, colleges have hiked tuition at record rates. But now, colleges are announcing much smaller tuition increases for the 2011-2012 school year.   Tuition costs increased rapidly during the Great Recession, but costs are now starting to level out. Tuition costs are decreasing partly because colleges previously received a lot of criticis ... Read More About College Tuition Hikes Easing

Homework That Works

Homework That Works

“How is this ever going to help me,” asks every student at some point in his/her life, buried under mountains of busy work, properly hidden by the euphuism of “homework.” Now, teachers are going to need a better answer to this common question, one much better than “it’s (homework) due tomorrow morning.” Alfie Kohn, the author of 12 books about education and human behavior and blogger for the Huffington Post, recently guest published an article in the Washington Post, claiming that homework is counterproductive and needs to be reevaluated. Kohn noted that even the best teachers assign counterproducti ... Read More About Homework That Works

Why College Grads Are Turning To Public Service

Why College Grads Are Turning To Public Service

2009 and 2010 were the wrong years to graduate from college, especially for students seeking entry-level positions in the corporate world. After four years of college tuition, many students simply could not afford to pursue an M.B.A. and were then forced to test the waters of the job market. However, in the corporate world, jobs were scarce, leaving thousands of college students unemployed after graduation. The solution: public service careers. In 2009, 16% more recent college graduates took jobs with the federal government than in 2008, and 11%  more took jobs with nonprofit groups, according to an article in the New York Times, which ... Read More About Why College Grads Are Turning To Public Service

How You Can Be Guaranteed A College Degree

How You Can Be Guaranteed A College Degree

Most undergraduate students are seeking four-year college degrees. However, some students end up staying for an extra quarter, semester or even year if they change their majors, take the wrong electives or add a minor or specialization. It happens more often than one would think. So to further increase their educational quality, some colleges are guaranteeing that incoming freshmen will receive a degree within four years, according to an article in the Washington Post. Randolph-Macon College in Ashland Virginia recently announced that it was guaranteeing degrees within four years, assuming students follow a few institutional policies. If som ... Read More About How You Can Be Guaranteed A College Degree

Tips To Make FAFSA Filing Easier

Tips To Make FAFSA Filing Easier

“Just finished my FAFSA; would rather blind myself with a spork than do that again,” reads a recent tweet on Twitter. Filing the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the definition of tedium. Unnecessary complications, prying information, and hours of frustration make up the typical FAFSA experience. It’s a daunting experience, but if given the time and patience, filling out the FAFSA form could help a student earn a significant amount of financial aid. But it’s not easy. So Jenna Johnson from the Washington Post and Mark Kantrowitz, a financial aid expert and publisher of Fastweb.com and FinAid.org he ... Read More About Tips To Make FAFSA Filing Easier