Would Bernie Sanders’s free tuition plan help all college students?

Free tuition? Sounds like a dream! I would love to be able to graduate from college without being saddled with loads of college debt. It will take me years to pay off my loans, and my parents will have loans from my college, my younger sister’s college tuition, and my mother’s master’s degree program to pay off.

What do you think about Bernie Sanders's free tuition idea? (Credit: RingOfFireRadio.com)

What do you think about Bernie Sanders’s free tuition idea? (Credit: RingOfFireRadio.com)

The rise in college prices is a big hurdle–which is why so many college students are attracted to Bernie Sanders’s proposal for free tuition to state colleges. And it’s why we don’t really want to hear Hillary Clinton poke holes in the plan. Read more

Financial aid eligibility requirements for college students

Unfortunately, for many college students how you picked what school you would be attending probably came down to the financial aid package you were offered. Of course you opted for the school that was giving you the most money! But what you may have overlooked in your excitement over all those grants, scholarships and loans is the eligibility requirements and strings attached to that money.

Do you understand your financial aid eligibility requirements? (Credit: UNTHSC)

Do you understand your financial aid eligibility requirements? (Credit: UNTHSC)

What are the things you need to know about keeping your financial aid, once you’ve gotten it? Read on for more information to keep you in the know. Read more

Your student loan debt and the presidential candidates

The 2016 election is mere months away and the presidential candidates on both sides have been narrowed a bit. For college students, one of the big issues in this campaign cycle has been student loans. Now the latest news has a debt clock tracking the increasing student loan debt rate.

Find out the views of presidential candidates on student loan debt. (Credit: CNNS)

Find out the views of presidential candidates on student loan debt. (Credit: CNNS)

The clock was created by the education data site StartClass for MarketWatch. How will this issue play out when November 2016 rolls around? Read more

You ask, we answer: Say what, FAFSA?!

Dear J,

As if I’m not bad enough at filling out my FAFSA on time, there is a whole section asking me for my parents’ income? I asked my parents and they haven’t filed their taxes yet!? What do I do?

Thx- Anthony W

My exact look when filling out FAFSA forms. (Credit: cdn.meme.am)

My exact look when filling out FAFSA forms. (Credit: cdn.meme.am)

Anthony,

Everyone is bad at timing FAFSA forms so don’t feel too bad! The important thing is that you’re getting it done. Now, for the dilemma. Read more

New rules on campus debit cards: Here’s what you need to know

The U.S. Department of Education is trying to make the financial lives of college students a little bit easier. The feds just released some new rules about campus debit cards, you know the ones that your college sponsors or is affiliated with. Why is this cool?

New rules on debit cards will make college students' lives easier. (Credit: mrwgifs.com)

New rules on debit cards will make college students’ lives easier. (Credit: mrwgifs.com)

A lot of these cards are linked to financial aid, and the new rules will help with some of the unreasonable fees you may have experienced with these kinds of debit cards. I know how crucial financial aid can be, but I also know you don’t want to be losing any of those much needed funds. Read more

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Instructor for a Day Video Contest!

The votes are in! We’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Instructor for a Day Student Scholarship Contest.

We asked students to show us what they would do to get fellow students engaged and involved in the learning process if they were the Instructor for a Day. From among all the entries we received from college students, we narrowed the field to twenty student finalists. A public vote determined the winners.

Congratulations to our grand-prize winner Rene Castro, a student at The University of Texas at Austin, who will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Our five runners-up will each receive a $500 scholarship. The complete list of Instructor for a Day: 2015 Scholarship Winners is: Read more

A cheat sheet for paying for college without going broke

I get a reminder of college every month when I submit my student loan payment. Paying for college without going broke is on the minds of most college-bound students these days.

Paying for college doesn't have to break the bank. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Paying for college doesn’t have to break the bank. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Even if you have already secured your financial aid package, you may still be on the lookout for ways to make your college tuition more affordable. Here’s a cheat sheet with some tips and tricks to stretch your higher education dollars. Read more

Vote now in the “Instructor for a Day” Video Contest!

College students from around the U.S. were asked to submit a short video that answers the question, “How would you engage your students?” if they were the instructor for a day.

Participants created one- to two-minute videos and showed us exactly how they would get fellow students engaged and involved in the learning process. Read more

For-profit colleges: Closures add to student debt crisis

Completing a college degree is hard enough. There are the hours of studying and the balancing act between school, job and a social life. Now add to that the chance that it all ends at the eleventh hour when your school closes its doors. That’s what happened to thousands of students attending the for-profit colleges owned by Corinthian Colleges.

Students protest amidst the student debt crisis. (Credit: Getty Images)

Students protest amidst the student debt crisis. (Credit: Getty Images)

For these students the question of student loan repayment is critical. What is worse, negotiations regarding forgiveness of their federal student aid have stalled. Here’s what college students need to know about this new wrinkle in the student loan crisis. Read more

Top ten myths about college: What you need to know

When I was in college full-time I heard so many cliché myths in the book: “You’ll gain 15 pounds your first year,” “It’s OK to get all Cs,” and “You’re supposed to be stressed out,” blah, blah, blah. You need to know that myths are just that: myths.

Time to debunk those so called college myths. (Credit: inlander.com)

Time to debunk those so called college myths. (Credit: inlander.com)

If you’re going to survive your college experience, you’ll want to read this list of the top ten myths about college. Read more