Education and You 2011

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    There's more money than ever, but the competition has never been greater. So start your search early, be aggressive, and take advantage of all the public and private sources, from company scholarships to federal work-study programs.

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    Ivy League schools may be a draw with other schools in terms of the quality of education they offer, say analysts. But if you are focused on securing a well-paying job, Ivy League colleges still offer some of the best opportunities to get ahead.

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    You may have to work harder, and make more personal sacrifices, but you'll graduate with less debt.

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    Millions of of American high school juniors are starting their college search, while seniors are deciding which school they'll actually attend.  In both cases, Mom and Dad might be tempted to vote with their wallets, hoping to pay for school without breaking the family bank.  These tips will help.

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    More and more people are questioning the practicality of a traditional bachelor of arts degree as the United States struggles to create jobs in a global economy while U.S. colleges fail to contain tuition costs.

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    There are several options available to help parents invest and save to cover tuition costs for their kids, but for most people the way to go is a 529 plan.

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    There's no shortage of choices, but your pick should be based on savings goals, risk tolerance and time horizon.

  • According to the College Board, a student attending college in the 2010-2011 school year $40,500 is paying about $40,500. The cost for an in-state student at a public college is about half that.

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    Some companies are having trouble finding employees with the right technical skills to fill job openings.

  • The Obama administration appears to have ruled out any increase in spending for federal grants to college students because of the budget deficit, having provided a healthy increase in the previous year.

  • Though much is made of the sometimes staggering sums involved in college endowments, the size of the student body is also important because it gives you a better idea of the endowment's potential. And given the growing need for student financial aid, we thought it would be interesting to take a per-capita approach. To get an idea, sifted through new data from the National (NACUBO) and compared total endowment holdings to the total size of the student body, both undergraduate and graduat

    So, which colleges and universities have the biggest endowments compared to enrolled students? Find out!

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    How much do you know about the costs and rewards of education?

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    how much do you know about home ownership and real estate. Take our quiz.

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    How much do you know about the impact of the proposed Dodd-Frank law?

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    How much stock market jargon do you know? Take our quiz and find out!

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    Find out how much you know about American companies—and see if you can name them by taking the quiz.

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    In the newsletter we received from USC was an article called, "A Full Nest Once Again: Preparing for Your Graduate to Move Back Home." Nooooooo. No no no. That's what parents pay tuition for—so universities can help prepare our children NOT to move back home. And yet Adecco, a global HR consulting firm, claims in a survey of more than 500 recent graduates that 40 percent of those who graduated in 2008...moved back home...into their old rooms...the rooms you turned into offices or gyms.

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    When states make their pitches to companies, those pitches invariably include selling points that will somehow be paid for by taxpayers. Business incentives, quality education, strong infrastructure—none of that is free.

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    Carlene Pinto watched from her middle-school classroom in Brooklyn as the plane pierced the second tower; then she trudged the three miles home as paperwork and dust rained from the sky. Rebecca Rodriguez felt helpless as a teenager watching Hurricane Katrina unfold on television. And Lindsay Yates still shudders at the recollection of Hurricane Fran, which killed two dozen people in her native North Carolina when she was a second grader, the New York Times reports.