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Sunday, August 31, 2014

How much student loan debt is too much?

USA Today – Jon Fortunbury

“If you graduated from college this past spring, you’re part of the most indebted graduating class ever.” (more)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Parents May Be Mismanaging Student Debt with Serious Future Impact

Education News – Kristin DeCarr

“According to a recent survey by Citizens Financial Group, 58% of parents report being worried they may not be able to retire when they want to due to their child’s student debt.” (more)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The 10 Best Money Tips For College Freshmen

Forbes – Robert Farrington

“With college starting for freshmen across the country, now is also the time to be thinking about money. Why? Because for many freshmen, this will really be their first time handling money on their own…It’s important that parents prepare their college freshmen for these money choices…Here are ten of the most important choices, and some amazing tips to go with them.” (more)

What Is Competency-Based Education, and Why Does It Matter?

The Huffington Post – Julian L. Alssid

“In higher education today, only two things are certain: change is coming, and nobody knows what that change will look like…Currently, education is measured by completing a specified number of classes…Competency-based education does away with the defined duration and credit hours, replacing time with mastery.” (more)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Got skills?

The Economist – Staff Writer

“FOR decades vocational education has suffered from the twin curses of low status and limited innovation. Politicians have equated higher education with traditional universities of the sort that they themselves attended. Parents have steered children away from “shop class”. And vocational studies have been left to languish: the detritus of an industrial era rather than the handmaiden of a new economy.” (more)

Will learning coding boost kids’ college, career prospects?

E-School News – Staff Writer

“As the coding craze continues, many wonder how, exactly, these skills will help today’s students.” (more)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Japan Seeks Edge With Global Talent

The New York Times – Miki Tanikawa

“Brendan White, a senior at Temple University’s Japan campus, says he has it all figured out. He is dressed in his “job hunt” black suit, accessorized with shiny leather shoes, a crisp white shirt — plain, no stripes and no wrinkles — and a black briefcase, for which he ponied up $20, just for this job-hunting season.” (more)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Why You Might Want More Than One College Savings Account

Time – Kerri Anne Renzulli

“The good news: There is no difference in how Coverdell ESAs and 529 savings plans factor into your child’s student aid, says Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of Edvisors.com, a website that helps people plan and pay for college.” (more)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Is a gap year after high school a smart financial decision?

The Star – David Friend

“Is there value in a “gap year” after high school? That’s the question Jonathan Nikodem faced when he graduated and weighed the financial and personal benefits of taking a year off before university.” (more)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

How to Save up to 70% on College Textbooks

Time – Laura M. Colarusso

“While the cost of class materials is going up, students are spending less on average. Here’s how they’re cutting their costs—and how you can, too.” (more)