Is a STEM degree a good investment?
A proud moment for the parents of any college student might be when he or she declares a major in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) field. Maybe more relief than pride, as most of us now know STEM majors will find the job market much easier than their Liberal Arts counterparts. It’s hard out …Read more
How do I save money on textbooks?
There are a lot of costs students don’t typically think about when they’re heading to college: meal plans, parking, laundry, and copies, for instance. But the one that really gets us all that first semester is books. College textbooks are expensive. Everybody knows it, everybody complains about it, and there’s not much anybody can do …Read more
What is the College Level Examination Program?
Every college credit costs; the more you can get out of the way for free or cheap, the better off you’ll be in the long run.Read more
How do I avoid the freshman 15?
Those heading to college often worry about the possibility of weight gain in their first year. We’ve all heard the alarming phrase, the “Freshman 15” – everybody gains 15 pounds in their first year of college. Well, first of all, it’s actually more like the freshman three. Not quite as scary right? A 2011 Social …Read more
25 Tuition-Free Colleges
So you’re looking for a deal like no other on college – the best possible value. Well, how do you feel about free? I’m sure you have many questions- is free tuition really free? Can a free college really work for me? Yes, there are some colleges and universities you can attend for free! There are …Read more
What should I know about the Federal Work-Study program?
Tutoring Services by Lower Columbia College CC 2.0 If you’re heading to college and need money for tuition and fees, there are plenty of options, grants, scholarships, and student loans being the most common. But one form of financial aid that often goes unnoticed is the Federal Work Study Program. The Federal Work Study Program, …Read more
What does expected family contribution mean?
You plugged in all your information, dotted your i’s, crossed your t’s, and finally your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is completed. Now what? Sit tight. You’re waiting for the United States Department of Education to spit out this grand number, and that’s going to take a week or two. In the meantime, …Read more
What do I need to know when applying for student loans?
By now you’ve heard about the horrors of excessive student loans. Many students in recent years have been set up for life-long financial trouble by easily obtained, difficult to repay loans. If you don’t want to be one of them, you should really only consider student loans after you have sourced any and all free …Read more
How can I get a tuition reimbursement from my employer?
Maybe you went straight to work after high school, or after a couple years of college you cut out early to start making some money and figured you’d get back eventually. Well, now may be the perfect time to inquire if your employer participates in a tuition payment/reimbursement program, also known as waivers, to pay …Read more
Can I get financial aid with a criminal record?
Short answer: maybe. If you want to go to college, it’s best not to get convicted of a crime. But it’s an unfortunate reality that sometimes it takes a serious wake-up call to realize you need to turn your life around and make something better for yourself. In many cases, that means education. But, having …Read more
How can I get tuition paid as a veteran?
If you’ve served our country, it’s likely you’ve been promised the benefit currently known as Military Tuition Assistance (TA), although also frequently referred to as the G.I. Bill (or its official title, the servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944). However, its a misnomer to call it the G.I. Bill, as that really doesn’t exist anymore. The …Read more
What is the benefit of going to community college?
Lots of people, whether they’re graduating from high school or going back to school after some years of working, look at the cost of college and say, “Nope, can’t afford it.” Tuition in colleges and university, even public state institutions, is going up every year, and for many people, it’s just not manageable. But there …Read more