Education

How to Use Free Resources to Educate Yourself on Nearly Any Subject

We live in an age where there are more educational resources available to the average person than there ever have been before. For the lifetime learner – a label I would definitely apply to myself – the last decade has been incredibly rich with options and tools for providing yourself most of the quality of […]

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What I Wish I Knew Before Taking Out Student Loans

More than $1.3 trillion dollars, with $2,726 added every second. That’s how much student loan debt Americans have accumulated, and how much debt gets added with every second that ticks by. To many people, this amount is nothing more than an outrageous number to balk at – an anomaly shared on the nightly news. But for […]

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How to Get a Ton of Extra Value Out of Earning a College Degree

When I first attended college some number of years ago, I really didn’t take the experience as seriously as I could. I kept my grades high enough to maintain scholarships and loans, but I often glossed over my classes and completely skipped out on optional things unless they came with free pizza. The handful of […]

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Nine Employers That Will Help You Pay Off Your Student Loans

When searching for a new employer, most people look at the full package of benefits they’ll get in return. How much will your new salary or hourly rate be, and will you have paid vacation, health insurance, and dental? After those considerations, things like company culture, long-term career objectives, and your daily commute come into […]

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Great Lakes Student Loans Review

Great Lakes can help you stay on top of your student loans, offering advice and repayment options to suit all types of graduates. Great Lakes is the second-largest student loan servicer in the nation. It doesn’t lend you the money itself; it collects it on behalf of the lender, and then works with you to […]

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Scholarships for Women Returning to College

No matter why you left college in the first place — to raise children, to care for aging parents, to work full-time, to figure out your goals — if you’ve decided that now’s the time to crack open the books again and head back to the classroom, you’re not alone. About 4 million of the […]

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How to Spot Student Loan Forgiveness Scams

After completing college, you may feel overburdened by your student loan costs, but don’t fall victim to student loan forgiveness scams that offer false promises of easy debt relief. That’s not to say there’s no such thing as student loan forgiveness — federal loans really can be forgiven under certain conditions. But debt relief companies […]

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Should Your Parents Have a Say in Your College Major?

If your parents are footing some or all of your tuition bill, it’s not unreasonable to expect some gentle nudging toward a practical major. Photo: Siena College When my husband chose to pursue his first bachelor’s degree in theatre arts, his parents were less than thrilled. They wanted him to be happy, of course, but […]

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10 Worst States for College Affordability

While it’s true that around 85% of students receive financial aid at public, four-year institutions, that number offers a deceptively optimistic view of college affordability. The truth is, the amount of financial aid students receive is all over the place, and not always enough to put a dent in the rising costs of school. Sadly, we […]

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Community Repair: The Cure for Your Consumption Blues?

The other day, a piece my shower handle cracked off. It didn’t bother me. The shower handle still worked. It just looked a little funny. My girlfriend thought it looked less “funny” and more “totally and utterly broken.” She thought we might need a new shower handle. I proclaimed that I would fix it myself. […]