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The Five Largest State Tuition Hikes

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

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

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

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

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 Snagajob.com, 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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Save Money on School: Start at a Community College

College GraduationFor many parents and students, the cost of college is one of the most daunting expenditures likely to be faced. The cost of a four-year degree keeps rising, and if the student goes on to graduate school, the expenses continue to pile up even higher.

One way to reduce the cost of an education is to start out at a less expensive school. Community colleges offer a number of advantages that can help you get a good start on your education, while costing you less.

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Your Take: Is College Worth It?

After our recent series of interviews with college savings expert, I started to wonder about the value of college. It’s an issue we’ve discussed in the past (verdict was yes… depending on what you studied of course! But we also had a Devil’s Advocate post explaining why college isn’t worth it.) but with college costs rising to nearly astronomical rates, it’s no longer automatic. The Economist, in 2010, looked at how a “PhD is often a waste of time.” in 2011, the New York Times’ David Segal looked at how law school was a losing game. When people point to law school and PhDs as “not being worth it” then it calls into question the idea of higher education.

Looking back to my college years, I felt that college was worth it. I graduated, got a good job in the defense industry, and had I followed that track to its eventual conclusion, I’d say I would’ve had a successful professional career. Based on what I do now, I suspect my post-secondary education probably has a smaller impact but an impact nonetheless. There’s something to be said about academic adversity, even if it’s not fun to experience. :)

Do you think college is worth it?


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College Savings Tips: Interview With Peter Mazareas Part Two

Peter Mazareas, College Savings FoundationYesterday, we started our discussion with Peter Mazareas, Chairman Emeritus of the College Savings Foundation, about saving for college and today we’re happy to bring you the conclusion of that interview. We talked about things that parents can do, even if their kids are still very young, as well as what they should avoid.

In part two, we’ll take a look at how things have changed. As someone who went through this process just a little over ten years ago, so much has changed. I can’t imagine how it’ll look in twenty, but Peter helps us look into the “far” future and near future of college savings and provides us a wealth of information.

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