What Everyone Gets Wrong About Where You Go To College (Huffington Post)

those opinions are probably wrong — at least the ones based on myths about what makes a good school to get a degree from.

We wanted to explain a few things a lot of people usually get incorrect about where to go to college.

Where You Go To School Doesn’t Really Affect Your Income.

Economists Alan Krueger and Stacy Berg Dale concluded in 1999 that students accepted into elite colleges, but chose “moderately selective” schools, were doing just as well in income roughly 20 years after graduating. As Time magazine notes, Krueger and Dale did a follow up in 2011 that found the same, so really it doesn’t matter whether you went to the University of Penn or Penn State University.

Read the rest of Tyler Kingkade’s article for more about the misconceptions about the college you attend.


College Admissions – What Really Matters (NACAC)

College Admissions – What Really Matters

An Inside Look at College Admissions Today (NACAC)

An Inside Look at College Admissions Today

9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About … Financial Aid for College (Learnvest)

Paying for college can be a nerve-wracking rite of passage. Not only are you probably dealing with huge sums of money, but the complex process of making decisions about loans is often trusted to 17-year-olds, who may or may not have ever managed money before.

Add to that the confusion that even parents feel when faced with the math and subtle nuances of covering the high costs of college, and it’s a journey that’s ripe for potential errors.

Since we’re big proponents of proper financial planning, we consulted pros in the field of financial aid to find out some of the misconceptions, myths and mistakes that students and parents can make when trying to pay for college. And then we helped set the record straight.

Read Alden Wicker’s article for 9 things you probably didn’t know about paying for college

Top 5 Reasons to Apply to a Liberal Arts College (Nerd Scholar)

Liberal arts colleges are top higher education institutions that emphasize strong foundational skills, such as writing, critical thinking and communication. At a liberal arts college, students aren’t expected to follow certain career paths starting their freshman year but instead are challenged to build a wealth of knowledge across a variety of disciplines.

But with the growing popularity of careers in the sciences, technology, engineering and math fields—also referred to as STEM—some might question why a liberal arts education is useful for today’s incoming college students.

Martha Kanter, the under-secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, said it best when she cited the achievements of liberal arts alumni at a 2010 higher education conference: “Just 3% of American college graduates are educated at a residential liberal arts college. Yet the alumni of liberal arts institutions account for almost 20% of all U.S. presidents.” She added that, “On a per capita basis, liberal arts colleges today produce nearly twice as many doctorates in sciences as other institutions.”

Read Gianna Sen-Gupta’s article for the top reasons to apply and go to a liberal arts college

The Tough Conversation Parents Must Have Before Paying For College (Forbes)

With college starting soon for students across the country, parents are having to make some tough choices about how to pay for their student’s college education. Last week we discussed why parents should never take on loans to pay for their children’s education. But letting their children get into student loan debt can be tough as well.

So what option do parents have? Really, just one: having a tough conversation with their student about the return on investment they will be getting on their education.

Read Robert Farrington’s article for more advice on how parents can discuss paying for college with their students

22 Colleges Where You Can Earn a Degree for Free. Seriously. (The Hechinger Report)

A few new proposals are calling for making college free nationally—either for two years or all four. But experts say it could be some time before we can entirely say goodbye to tuition bills on all schools across the nation.

In the meantime, there are some places where college is already free, either for all students or those who fit certain criteria. So if you want to avoid ever signing your name to a student loan, you might add these schools to your list.

Read Jon Marcus’s article for a list of schools you can attend tuition free!