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Borrowing for College the Smart Way

This is the time of year when college students and their families start signing loan papers. Lots of families take out loans to pay for at least a portion of college costs, but far too many don’t borrow wisely. I suspect that families are so relieved after surviving the college admission process that they often […]

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The Myth of Private Scholarships

When parents and teenagers start contemplating college costs, they often assume that applying for private scholarships is their ticket to shrinking costs. Unfortunately, they’re usually wrong. Frankly, only 7% of college-bound high school students win a private scholarship. Okay, okay. Admittedly, most teens don’t bother to apply, but even if a teen is an eager […]

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Attending College at Home

One way to shrink the cost of college is to never show up. A story in The New York Times today reports that an increasing number of college students are taking online classes because of the high price of gasoline. With at least 79% of college students living off campus, the exploding price of gas […]

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Teaching Assistants You Can't Understand

Undergraduates have complained for decades about their teaching assistants. If you attend a university, chances are excellent that you will have at least some classes where a graduate student will serve as the teacher. TA’s are cheap and when they are teaching introductory courses, the professors don’t have to do it. And tenured professors love […]

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