Student Loan Basics: Private vs. Government Loans
You’ve been accepted to a university, and now it’s time to plan for your undergraduate degree. Maybe you received a scholarship or you’ve been selected for a government or university grant. But when you tally up the costs, it’s still not enough. It’s time to consider taking out a loan
How to Write an Effective Scholarship Essay
If you do a quick online search, you’ll find there are literally thousands of scholarships available for college students. Some simply require students to fill out a form with a bit of personal information and the names of a few references, while others require essays from 500 to several thousand words.
10 Packing Essentials For Studying Abroad
With limited space available, one of the most challenging aspects of study abroad planning is figuring out what items to bring from home. For students who haven’t traveled out of the country before, especially on their own, it can be difficult to tell what they will need once they land
Life After Study Abroad: How to Readjust
So you’ve reached the end of your time studying abroad, and are getting ready to go home. You’ve been homesick at many points while you’ve been away, and despite having a wonderful time, you’re beyond excited to go back to the comforts of your home and share all your travel stories
How to Manage Your Money in Preparation for College
You are planning on going on to pursue higher education. You have a goal. You have the drive. You have support but do you have the ability to manage your money while you follow your dream? This is a question that every student should consider before he or she signs
The Pros and Cons of Liberal Arts Degrees
One of the most difficult decisions a college student must make is what degree to pursue. With the rising cost of tuition and increase in student loans, many students feel the pressure to select a major that will make this financial investment pay off after graduation. Once a student has
How to Save Money While in College
With the many costs associated with getting through college, it might sound difficult—if not impossible—to put money away in savings as an already “broke college student.” However, a little bit of creativity and willingness to cut back on current expenses can certainly make a big difference in the long run.
Is There a Cheating Crisis in U.S. Schools?
According to many educators and researchers, there is a cheating crisis in American schools. While cheating in school has always been an option for desperate students, today’s technology makes it even easier, and maybe even more tempting. Cheating scandals have exploded across the nation in recent years, from teachers changing
Why Do High Schools Students do Poorly in Math and Science?
In the United States, some parents and educators think, “The kids are all right,” while others see the entire education system falling apart. In part, the problem of interpretation rests in the inability of American high school students to score well in two particular areas: math and science. Time and time
The Pros and Cons of a Four-Day School Week
The idea of having a four-day school has been around for several decades, and has been considered at least since the 1930s, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. But recently, there has been a move towards shorter weeks across the United States. While it was first a mostly Western-state phenomenon, the idea has
Study Abroad: How to Prepare for Life in Another Country
Studying abroad is a chance to get out in the world, discover new things, and experience new cultures. While more students than ever are seeking out these travel opportunities, many aren’t prepared to be immersed in another culture and can have negative emotional reactions toward the host country and community once
Decreasing Student Debt: Pay It Forward College Financing
One of the key issues surrounding higher education is affordability. No matter what side of the fence politicians sit on, they agree that something has to be done to ensure everyone gets a college education. Just as important as availability and affordability is the need to make certain that the
Federal vs. Private Student Loans: What to Know
So you’ve been accepted to a college or university, you’ve completed and filed the FAFSA, and now you’re looking at your financial aid package and trying to figure out the best decisions to make in order to fund your education. You’ve determined that you’ll need to take out student loans
The Problem with For-Profit Colleges
One common option for many students looking to further their education is attending a for-profit college. These are institutions that are run by the private sector with the intention of providing an education for students. Yet, these institutions are different than other schools when it comes to finances. For-profit colleges are