Tag Archives: college
Two new studies offer emphatic answers to much-discussed questions about higher education: Yes, a college degree is worth it, but yes, it’s the middle-class that’s getting particularly squeezed with student debt in the pursuit of one. Read More
Families have implemented more cost-saving strategies to cut college spending in the past academic year, choosing less expensive schools and finding more economical ways for students to attend. Read More
The Utah Educational Savings Plan, or UESP, can help you prepare for the financial stresses of college. Discover how this government-backed 529 college savings plan allows you to begin saving for college early on a tax-deferred basis. Read More
Imagine if retirement were financed by scholarships, grants and loans. You could qualify for a substantial aid package to pay for your senior years. Your stellar job “grades” and career achievements would be rewarded with significant merit aid. Read More
Nearly all states offer 529 plans, popular ways to save for a child’s future college expenses. The plans allow withdrawals for college expenses that are free of federal taxes. Two-thirds of the states also extend state tax deductions or credits to residents enrolling in their 529s. Read More
Americans 60 or older are more likely than ever to have college degrees, helping redefine work and retirement as educated baby boomers swell the senior population at rates faster than young adults earn diplomas. Census figures released Thursday, February 23, highlight changes in U.S. college completion, which reached a high of 30.4 percent last year. Read More
Saving for college is increasingly becoming an investor’s game. As tuition continues to climb, state-sponsored college savings plans have become widely hailed as the most prudent way for families to prepare for the future. Read More
As the White House stages a first-of-its-kind community college summit Tuesday, October 5, the Obama administration is proposing that stronger partnerships between two-year public colleges and big-name U.S. employers such as McDonald’s and The Gap will help better match workers with jobs during the economic recovery and beyond… Read More
In a town dominated by the University of Missouri’s flagship campus and two smaller colleges, higher education is practically a birthright for high school seniors like Kate Hodges.
She has a 3.5 grade-point-average, a college savings account and a family tree teeming with advanced degrees. But in June, Hodges is headed to the Tulsa Welding School in Oklahoma . . . read more Read More
Cutting a better deal on college financial aid can be more than a parents’ fantasy.
Increasingly, private schools are quietly using the practice to help attract the students they want in a challenging economy.
The practice of increasing aid on request has emerged relatively recently as college tuition has soared almost out of reach for ordinary families, according to Bruce Hammond, an independent college counselor based in Charlottesville, Va. . . . read more Read More
Riding the coattails of a historic health care vote, the House on Sunday also passed a broad reorganization of college aid that affects millions of students and moves President Barack Obama closer to winning yet another of his top domestic policies.
The bill rewrites a four-decades-old student loan program, eliminating its reliance on private lenders and uses the savings to direct $36 billion in new spending to Pell Grants for students in financial need.
Young adults are financially anxious, worried that they can’t meet their educational, housing and health care needs, according to a new poll that exposes a growing pessimism about achieving the American Dream.
The poll by Harvard’s Institute of Politics found that six out of 10 of those surveyed worry they may not meet their current bills and obligations. Nearly half of those attending college wonder whether they will be able to afford to stay in school. And more than eight out of 10 said they expect difficulty finding a job after graduation.
Fewer than half said they believe they will be better off than their parents when they reach their parents’ age.