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Secrets to winning a college scholarship

A financial aid expert offers tips on how to maximize your chances of winning a college scholarship: Start applying in elementary school. Clean up your Facebook file. Avoid scams. And more.

By Valerie Strauss  | March 9, 2011; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College Costs  | Tags:  cleaning facebook, college scholarships, duct tape scholarship, facebook, facebook accounts, fastweb.com, mark kantrowitz, scholarship databases, scholarships, scholarships and facebook, winning college scholarships  
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Schools eligible for 2011 John Lennon Scholarship

The John Lennon Scholarship Program created by Yoko Ono is now accepting applicants from a certain group of schools. Here they are.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 8, 2010; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  College Costs  | Tags:  Appalachian State University, Bard College, Belmont University, Berklee College of Music, Birmingham-Southern College, Brown University, California State University Northridge, Carnegie Mellon University, Catawba College, City College of New York, Clark Atlanta University, Colorado State University, Columbia College (Chicago), DePaul University, Drexel University, Elmhurst College, Emory University, Florida State University, Full Sail, Georgia State University, Harvard University, Hunter College, Indiana University, Ithaca College, Lehigh University, Loyola University (New Orleans), Michigan State University, Middle Tennessee S. University, Millikin University, New England Conservatory, New York University, Northwestern University, Oberlin College, Purchase College (SUNY), UCLA, University of Alabama, University of California Los Angeles, University of Cincinnati, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Florida, University of Houston, University of Idaho, University of Memphis, University of Miami, University of Michigan, University of North Alabama, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of North Texas, University of Southern California, University of Texas at Austin, University of Utah, Vanderbilt University, Wilkes Community College, Yale University, john lennon, john lennon scholarships, menc, national association for music education, yoko ono  
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College admissions’ dirty little secrets

A college admissions advisor warns parents not to let their kids find the school first and then figure out how to pay for it because "students whose parents can 'write the check' stand a markedly better chance of getting admitted, all other factors being equal.

By Valerie Strauss  | November 4, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  College Admissions, College Costs, Guest Bloggers  | Tags:  admissions process, college admissions, college applications, college tuition, financial aid, guest bloggers, sticker price  
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New college rankings based on quality, cost

The folks at Kiplinger.com, which offers financial advice, did some numbers crunching and came up with their list of the best values in private universities and liberal arts colleges, taking quality and cost into consideration.

By Valerie Strauss  | October 28, 2010; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  College Costs  | Tags:  best values in education, caltech, college costs, duke, harvard, higher education costs, kiplingers, kiplingers best values, mit, princeton, private schools, rice university, swarthmore college, total college costs, yale  
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College fees: Not just for books and athletics

Fees aren’t just for books, student clubs and athletics anymore. Schools keep coming up with different ways to squeeze money out of their students.

By Valerie Strauss  | October 25, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  College Costs  | Tags:  college costs, college fees, freshman orientation, health center, health insurance, late fees, late registration, library fees, parking fees, registration fees  
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Student loan default rates increase -- especially at for-profit schools

The national student loan default rate is rising, according to new statistics released today, and students who obtain loans to attend for-profit loans are more likely to default than those in non-profit institutions.

By Valerie Strauss  | September 13, 2010; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  College Costs  | Tags:  college costs, for-profits and students loans, loan default rate increases, student loans, students and loan student rate  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Skipping college to save money? Oh please, Valerie Strauss , September 10, 2010
Who borrows most for college? New report, Valerie Strauss , May 4, 2010
More colleges join $50K-plus a year club, Valerie Strauss , March 29, 2010
Obama's student loan reform -- a no-brainer, Valerie Strauss , March 22, 2010
Former Bush official backs student loan reform , Valerie Strauss , March 15, 2010
Costs of public vs. private college, Valerie Strauss , January 12, 2010
11 public colleges in Va., Md. called great values, Valerie Strauss , January 7, 2010
Good news: College financial aid form gets easier, Valerie Strauss , January 5, 2010
 
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