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Online Degree Programs: How Can You Choose?

May 30, 2008 By: Amber Klein Category: Choosing a College, Distance Online Learning

Online degrees are especially convenient for those who want to back to college or work while they are in school. If you’ve decided you want to get an online degree, now comes the difficult task of choosing which program is right for you. With a smattering of commercials and advertisements for every online college possible, how on earth are you supposed to choose the right one?

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Tips To Win the Scholarship Game

May 28, 2008 By: Alexandra Demos Category: Aid for College, Best College Tips, Scholarships

Scholarships are the ideal form of financial aid…money you don’t have to pay back! For me, they were the only way I could attend the majority of the schools I applied for without going into major debt. Everyone told me the money was out there, I just had to find it. I applied for over 35 national, local and college-specific scholarships. I ended up getting three.


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Tips for Veterans Paying for College

May 26, 2008 By: Elizabeth Kraus Category: Aid for College, Military aid

In honor of Memorial Day, we thought we’d honor those veterans who have selflessly fought for our country by giving them a few tips to pay for college. If you are a veteran, or a spouse or child of a veteran, there are several resources to help you partially or completely pay for your college education.

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Are Frivolous College Amenities Worth The Extra Tuition?

May 24, 2008 By: Jillianne Hamilton Category: Aid for College

Tuition rates are going up all over the place, but its not the education itself that’s pushing prices up, it’s the campus extras that are doing the deed. Colleges claim they have to offer attractive amenities to stay competitive, but some colleges are taking extra amenities – and their tuition costs – to the next level. The question is, do students really care about these amenities or would they rather just have lower tuition?

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Thinking of Hiring an Admissions Consultant?

May 21, 2008 By: David Petersam Category: Admissions insider, Choosing a College, Get into College

With college applications at an all-time high and fierce competition for top-ranked schools, many students are turning to admissions consultants to gain a competitive edge. But before you pull out your checkbook, make sure you understand what an admissions consultant does …..or should be doing. Read the rest of this entry →

Scholarship For Students Frustrated With College Admissions

May 20, 2008 By: Elizabeth Kraus Category: Scholarships will award a $1000 scholarship to the student with the

best ideas to improve college admissions

frustrated student

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Colleges Ban Illegals. Tax Payers Suffer.

May 17, 2008 By: Elizabeth Kraus Category: Top Stories

The North Carolina Community College system announced Tuesday that it would no longer admit undocumented students. This decision, made in response to a letter from the State Attorney General, has spawned intense discussion about the rights of illegal immigrants and the cost of educating undocumented students. It seems people have very strong opinions about this subject, but unfortunately many of these opinions are based solely on ignorance and stereotypes. So I beg you, before you rush to form your own opinion, read these facts first:

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Students Drop Your Beers: Do Something About Guantanamo

May 15, 2008 By: Elizabeth Kraus Category: Top Stories

Today bloggers everywhere have been asked to speak out for human rightsfor Bloggers Unite Day. I have decided to speak out about something I feel very strongly about — Guantanamo — and encourage all of you students to drop your beer (or other recreational drug of choice) and join me.


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Lessons I Learned Applying to College

May 14, 2008 By: Amber Klein Category: Get into College

There are always two choices. Two paths to take. One is easy. And its only reward is that it’s easy. –Unknown

There is no question that applying for college is possibly one of the most important and intimidating decisions of your life. I know it was for me. My parents always told me I would regret it if I didn’t go, but they never told me how complicated applying for and choosing a college could be.

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Make the Most of Your College Visit

May 12, 2008 By: Alexandra Demos Category: Choosing a College

When choosing a college, there is no substitute for experiencing the college first hand, but unfortunately campus visits can be expensive and time consuming. If you’re not prepared, you may end up wasting your time. So, before you hop on a plane to visit your college or university of choice, make sure you’re prepared to get the most of your campus visit.  Read the rest of this entry →

Choosing a College Location

May 09, 2008 By: Alexandra Demos Category: Choosing a College

After interviewing several current college students about what they should have thought about when applying to college, one piece of advice constantly came up: location, location, location. But there’s more to location than a zip code. Here are four important things to consider when choosing your college location.

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Can You Make Money Designing Video Games?

May 07, 2008 By: Elizabeth Kraus Category: College Major Info, Featured programs

Game design and software development are some of the fastest growing careers.  But can you make money doing it? If you are good, absolutely.  Read the rest of this entry →

14 Tips For Choosing a College

May 05, 2008 By: Jillianne Hamilton Category: Best College Tips, Choosing a College

Choosing a college is sometimes very simple. Some students choose their dream school before they are even in high school and others have dozens of scholarships to choose from. But for most people, choosing a college can be very frustrating. Here are a few tips to help you with the college hunt.

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Author of Torture Memo Still Teaching at Berkeley

May 02, 2008 By: Elizabeth Kraus Category: Top Stories

While on a leave of absence from Berkeley, law professor John Yoo took a position with the Bush Administration. During his time there, he wrote controversial memoranda that officials used as the legal basis for interrogation techniques now widely viewed as torture. Many claim that Yoo’s memoranda was the green light that allowed US interrogators to inflict extreme emotional and physical pain on detainees, ultimately leading to the death of at least one innocent man.

Today, Yoo has returned to Berkeley and continues to teach law to young scholars. Do you think this is acceptable?

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Choosing a College: What I Wish I’d Considered

April 30, 2008 By: Alexandra Demos Category: Best College Tips, Choosing a College

We asked students what they wish they would have considered before choosing a college.  Very interesting…….. 

Eyes Wide Open-The Student Loan Squeeze Part 1 of 3

April 28, 2008 By: Joseph Schmitt Category: Loans, Student loans, The financial insider

FACT – In 2004, nearly two-thirds (62.4%) of graduates from public universities had student loans. (Source)  Given this level of borrowing, there is no doubt that the current mortgage and student loan crisis has the immediate attention of parents and students.   The student loan squeeze is a  three part series that will answer  a  few of the most  important  questions on the  minds of  students and  parents  around the country.

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10% of myUsearch Profits Go to Scholarships

April 25, 2008 By: Elizabeth Kraus Category: Scholarships

myUsearch has just announced that 10% of the company’s profits will be directed to a scholarship program for students in need.  You might be asking, is this just another marketing ploy?  The answer is NO.  Believe it or not, we really do care, seriously.  If it weren’t for a sports scholarship, the founder of myUsearch never would have had the chance to go to college.  So who is eligible for these scholarships?

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College Search Sites: Web Surfers Beware

April 23, 2008 By: Elizabeth Kraus Category: Choosing a College, College search tools, Top Stories

Have any of you tried to search for colleges by visiting a college search site? If so, you already know what I’m talking about, skip to the recommendations below. But if you’re still a search engine virgin, look before you leap. Here is what is happening…. Read the rest of this entry →

Bad News For Students Looking For Loans

April 21, 2008 By: Jillianne Hamilton Category: Aid for College, Loans, Top Stories

According to articles on Michigan Newslog and Young Money, major sources of funding for student loans are backing out of the business, particularly banks like the TCF Financial Corporation, HSBC Bank USA and the M&T Bank Corporation. With three of the fifty largest lenders out of the game, $560 million dollars worth in student loans is now unaccessible to the students who need them. While the need for an education becomes more and more important, tuition rates are soaring to new heights.

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Going Back to School in a Recession?

April 17, 2008 By: Sonia Simone Category: Aid for College, The Nontraditional Student

It’s easy to get a little freaked out by all of the news of recession. Just like any other bad news, “if it bleeds, it leads” and news organizations are going to try to capture your attention by making any economic downturn sound as bad as possible.

If you’re hesitating going back to school because you feel the future is too uncertain, or you don’t want to take on debt in a recession, remember that recessions are temporary; education is permanent.

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