It's easy to get it wrong. Here's how to get it right.
Tips from a financial aid expert
I received in the mail a glossy travel brochure from the Northwestern Alumni Association with an offer to join a three-week trip to Africa and South America. The journey, called "Cape to Cape: An Expedition by Private Jet," looked so impressive on the cover that I looked inside to see whether it just might be too fantastic to turn down. It was. Too fantastic, that is. And this raises questions about the way colleges and universities raise money.
The governors of Texas and Florida (Rick Perry and Rick Scott, respectively) have challenged their state's higher education systems to come up with a bachelor's degree program that costs no more than $10,000. Does this make any sense? Stephen Joel Trachtenberg answers.
Faced with high costs and near-universal financial hardship, young people can find it difficult to determine whether college is actually worth the price tag. Here's some help looking at the expected value of one’s degree versus the estimated amount of debt the student will incur.