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5:35am

Thu May 1, 2014
Paying For College

Is It Still College Without Football?

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 7:02 am

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A small number of universities are starting to go against the grain, reducing amenities and frills in favor of keeping the costs relatively low.

Neil Theobald is the president of Temple University, which recently began offering students $4,000 per year in grants — if they promise to limit the number of hours they work during the school year and graduate on time.

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5:30am

Thu April 24, 2014
Paying For College

When Money Trumps Need In College Admissions

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 10:51 am

For many low-income students, economic trends are making the prospect of getting into the college of their choice, and reaching graduation, even more difficult.
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At some schools, the admissions process itself can work against low-income students, according to Georgia Nugent, former president of Kenyon College and a senior fellow at the Council of Independent Colleges.

Nugent says during her tenure at Kenyon, there were low-income students at the bottom of the admissions list who sometimes weren't accepted so the school could make room for more affluent students.

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5:53am

Thu April 3, 2014
Paying For College

First Test For College Hopefuls? Decoding Financial Aid Letters

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 8:43 am

Colleges send each prospective student a letter detailing a financial aid award package — but many families say the letters are difficult to understand.
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Around the country, millions of parents of prospective college freshmen are puzzling over one big question: How will we pay for college?

The first step for many families is reviewing the financial aid award letters they receive from each school. But often those letters can be confusing. Some are filled with acronyms and abbreviations, others lump scholarships and loans together. And because they're often very different, they're also difficult to compare.

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4:10am

Wed April 2, 2014
Paying For College

Changing The Face Of Astronomy Research

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 11:04 am

Students from CUNY's AstroCom NYC program meet for a weekly class at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Dennis Robbins, an associate professor of science education at CUNY's Hunter College, teaches Betsy Hernandez (from left), Jaquelin Erazo, Ariel Diaz and Mario Martin.
Beth Fertig WNYC

Shooting for the stars is expensive.

Advanced sciences like astronomy require years of study and graduate degrees. And the soaring cost of college can be a heavy obstacle for low-income and minority students hoping to break into those fields.

A program at the City University of New York hopes to lift that burden by providing scholarships and one-on-one mentoring to underrepresented students.

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5:56am

Thu March 27, 2014
Paying For College

Senator Warns Of A Student Loan Bubble

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 10:18 am

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, presents a Senate report on for-profit colleges in 2012. He wants changes to the federal student loan system.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Each year, the federal government provides more than $150 billion in grants and loans to help students pay for college. And while a bachelor's degree has become increasingly valuable, young people are taking on record levels of debt to earn that degree.

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