When a 4-year college doesn’t make sense

    Friends, Many parents believe that good jobs with good salaries require a 4-year degree. That may be true in some fields, but certainly not all. In fact, community and/or technical colleges provide a better return on investment vs. 4-year colleges in a number of careers, including: Engineering technology Radiation Technology & Medical Imaging […]

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This college plan never works

Friends, OK, quick quiz for you… What was the #1 source of college funding for the school year just ended? A) the federal government B) college scholarships & grants C) local scholarships D) state tuition assistance E) parents The correct answer is E, reports a national study by Sallie Mae and market research company Ipsos. […]

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What is your “dream” college?

Friends, Every year the Princeton Review conducts a survey of high school students applying to college and their parents. They ask questions such as “What is your ‘dream’ college?” . . .”How many colleges will you apply to?” . . . “What is your biggest concern about applying to college?” Here were the findings that […]

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Turning the Table on Colleges

Friends, College these days costs as much as a house. What do you do when you buy a house? You get homeowners insurance. Why? To protect your investment, right? Too bad there isn’t any such thing as college insurance — to protect your $200,000+ investment. But alas, maybe there is. Most parents I meet are […]

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Duck Dynasty Scholarship

Friends, Is your child into duck calling? There’s a scholarship for that. Long before the Duck Dynasty clan, there was Chick and Sophie Major from Stuttgart, Arkansas. So legendary was their duck calling and duck call making ability that a scholarship was started in their name. Each year, high school seniors compete for the title […]

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The Dirty Little Secret of America’s Top Colleges and Universities

Another school year has ended and student loan debt is in the trillions! Colleges and universities are sitting on billions of dollars in endowment money, and college students are being saddled with huge amounts of debt. For example, Harvard has an endowment of over $36 billion. That’s bigger than half the world’s economies! Harvard could give […]

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The More Expensive College Funding Choice

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Dept. of Education are reporting that the number of student loan borrowers totals more than 38,000,000 and the outstanding debt surpasses $1.1 trillion. According to a recent study by Fidelity Investments, 70 percent of this year’s graduating class is getting a sheepskin with debts averaging $35,200 per student. […]

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College Funding Debate Continues

William Bennett’s latest book, “Is College Worth It?” has stirred a good bit of controversy — and commentary. When I wrote about it last week I encouraged readers to submit their opinions. The comments ranged from “Colleges are nothing more than money grubbers,” to the Malcolm Forbes quote: “Education’s purpose is to replace an empty […]

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Good Advice for College and High School Students

Recently I attended the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce Education Breakfast. I go every year. It’s always an enjoyable event, I get to meet some bright students, nice educators, and since my business partner Paul is on the Education Committee, I want to support the cause. Jim Coyle, who is the President of the Gateway […]

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How to Land the Most Coveted Student Internship in America

What’s the most prestigious internship for a college student? If you go by the sheer numbers of applicants, the winner is working for a Senator or member of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Each year, state Senators and Congress members get inundated with thousands of applicants for these prestigious (albeit unpaid) positions. What […]

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