It's no secret that college tuition has been going up - so are student loan amounts. But the result is pretty staggering. In 2012, seven out of 10 college seniors were up to their eyeballs in debt, with federal student loans ranging from $18,000 to $33,650. Don't faint just yet.
Those numbers vary, of course, depending on state and specific school. Check out the details on how that all breaks out, as well as some new developments in student loan repayment possibilities. Then go ahead and faint.
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It's tough enough to find the perfect gift for your own college kid or 20something. Finding the perfect gift for your 20something's boyfriend or girlfriend is even harder. Is the gift too personal? Not personal enough? And there are entire categories of gifts that tread a tricky line. But there are plenty of wonderful, thoughtful gifts out there - from Blue Bottle coffee gear to a Spotify or Hulu subscription - that will delight your child's sweetheart. Here are a few fab gift ideas to get you started.
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It's no secret that law schools no longer have quite the cachet they once had. We've all seen the headlines about "law school remorse" - high debt, poor job prospects and salaries that sound vastly better than they are, because schools report averages. The number of students taking the LSAT began plummeting last year. After three years of this, the bloom is definitely off.
Now comes interesting news from the University of Iowa, where the law school has responded to that dampened enthusiasm by dropping its price by 18% , effective next fall. Talk about a Black Friday sale, huh? Iowa residents will pay $21,965 per year; out-of-staters are looking at a $39,500 tab.
It has been quite a year. We college parents love to see our kids' schools in the headlines, when it's for something like Nobel Prize announcements or sports championships. We are not so enthralled when those universities pop up in the news because of tragedies, scandals or blunders. But 2013 has been an interesting one, with seven major college news stories that ranged from meningitis outbreaks to bombings, concussions, college apps sabotage and the occasional quirky tale. Who knew that all those laptops, smartphones and tablets were going to have that effect?
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Happy, er, Black Friday! I've never been one to get up at 3 a.m. to hit the big sales - I've never been one to get up at 3 a.m. period. But there's no doubt the holiday rush has begun. So here are 89+ gift ideas for your favorite college kid or 20something, girlfriends, boyfriends, med student, zombie fan, "Dr. Who" enthusiast, "Hunger Games" devotee and more. The Great Big Gift Guide has you covered. Happy holidays!
We saw "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" over the weekend - and wow, that was fun. Naturally, as soon as we got home, we watched the first film all over again, then debated the strengths of each and pondered the moments that differed from the books. And then we started thinking about Panem-inspired craft projects - DIY District thumbtacks (which came out great), Mockingjay pendants (ditto) and painted tennis shoes (best done before ingesting 3 cups of coffee; that's a project that needs steady hands). All great dorm crafts, as well as movie-watching party activities.
If you have a "Hunger Games" fan - or if, ahem, it's you! - Katniss fever is rising. The new flick opens this weekend and the first reviews have been great. The novels and movie(s) make a great theme for an 18th birthday party or pre-movie get-together at home or in the dorms, so here are a few ideas for how to decorate, what to serve and what to make/play/whatever. Plus some gift ideas for HG fans. Enjoy - and may the odds be ever in your...you know!
It's such a happy thing to see your grown child launched into the working world with that first job. So why is he complaining so much? The hours are long, his work is boring, his coworkers are annoying ...
Aw, before you launch into that "welcome to the real world, buddy" lecture, think on this. He's just venting and that college-to-career transition really can be difficult. Here's what to say instead.
Remember that old World War II saying about loose lips sinking ships? Loose tweets sink college applications too.
A New York Times story this week, headlined "They Loved Your GPA, Then They Saw Your Tweets," talks about the negative impact careless, casual, oh-so-public tweets can have on admissions officers weighing not only your kid's GPA and test scores, but everything else about what kind of person he or she is. The story leads off with a cautionary tale from Bowdoin College for anyone who enjoys texting or tweeting snarky commentary - especially when the commentary is rude, crude and directed at fellow students during a college admissions info session at your high school.
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