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5 Public Colleges with the Best Graduation Rates

by Chris Couch on January 30, 2013

UniversityGetting into college is only half the battle. Getting through is another challenge. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that only about half of first-time full-time undergrad students at public schools graduate in six years or less. While students at private nonprofit schools fared slightly better—65 percent turned the tassel in six years—only 28 percent of those at for-profit colleges graduated in the same time frame.

These colleges ensure that students get the courses they need to graduate. Here are the public colleges with the highest four-year graduation rates according to data compiled by The Chronicle for Higher Education, with tips for all students on graduating on time. We provide average net prices to see the cost of graduating on time. The good news is none of these schools even come close to some of the most expensive colleges in America.

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5 States Where Childcare Costs More Than College

by Chris Couch on January 02, 2013

ABCsForget saving for higher education. Try paying for daycare first. According to Child Care Aware of America, a nonprofit dedicated to improving access to childcare, the average cost of care for a four year old is higher than the average cost of tuition and fees at a public college in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Here are five states where daycare is more expensive than college and advice on what parents who are saving for both can do.

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5 Ways to Snag Holiday Travel Deals

by Chris Couch on December 18, 2012

Luggage Carts at AirportHeading ho-ho-home for the holiday season can also mean going bro-bro-broke thanks to high travel costs. Even as prices on airfare, hotels and rental cars steadily increase, there are still deals says Jean Chatzky, author of eight finance books including “Money Rules: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security” and host of the personal finance show, “Money Matters with Jean Chatzky,” on RLTV. Here’s how to save on holiday travel.

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The Five Largest State Tuition Hikes

by Chris Couch on December 04, 2012

Tuition HikePaying for college is hard enough when tuition price are steady. Throw in a tuition hike and the extra costs can be game changing for families. According to the College Board, tuition and fees at public four-year colleges increased 8.3 percent, on average, between the 2011-2012 school year and the year before, but ten states saw jumps of more than 10 percent. Here are five states with the largest tuition hikes according to the College Board, and what to do if you’re a victim.

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The 5 Most Expensive Colleges in America

by Chris Couch on November 27, 2012

Expensive collegesThe one thing that cars and colleges have in common is that their sticker prices are useless. Some of the most expensive schools have equally large financial aid packages that can eliminate college costs. Instead of relying on the advertised price, students can get a clearer idea of what they’ll actually pay by researching each school’s net price, which includes an estimate of their future financial aid package. Using data from the Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center and updating it with more recent net price figures from the National Center for Education Statistics, we’ve determined that these schools have the highest net prices.

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5 Community Colleges That Cost More Than Four-Year Schools

by Chris Couch on November 26, 2012

Expensive Community CollegesIn general, two-year and community colleges are a smart way to land some hefty college savings. According to the College Board, a student at a public two-year college pays, on average, approximately one-third in tuition and fees of what an in-state student at a public four-year school pays. While the vast majority of two-year students do pay substantially less than their four-year counterparts, there are exceptions. Using data from the Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center and updating it with more recent net price figures, we’ve determined that these two-year schools have the highest net prices.

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The Five Most Popular Apprenticeships

by Chris Couch on November 07, 2012

Big RigsYou don’t have to go into debt to land a great job. Apprenticeship programs provide workers with classroom and on the job training while earning a paycheck. According to the Department of Labor, apprenticeships are available in more than 1,000 career fields and most can be completed in four years or less. Here are the five most popular apprenticeships according to the federal Office of Apprenticeships.

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5 Coolest Winter Jobs for College Students

by Chris Couch on October 29, 2012

Winter break is your last chance to fatten your wallet before the holidays. Luckily, hiring is up for seasonal help says Courtney Moyer, public relations manager at, a job posting site for hourly and part-time positions. Snagajob research shows that 24 percent more managers will make seasonal hires this year over last year with the average winter job paying $10.70 hourly. That means opportunities abound if you act fast.

Check out these five great winter break gigs.

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