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Posted May 29, 2014 by

What Do Students Really Want? (Part 2 of 2)

John Hill, LinkedIn higher education evangelist, picks up where Rob Humphrey, LinkedIn senior marketing manager, leaves off with this lunch-and-learn sponsored keynote at the May 5, 2014 College Recruiting Bootcamp.

The College Recruiting Bootcamp was organized by College Recruiter and co-hosted by LinkedIn at its headquarters in Mountain View, California. Over 100 corporate university relations leaders attended and more than 3,000 registered for the livestream. The Bootcamp was designed to help these staffing leaders more efficiently and effectively hire college and university students and recent graduates.
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Posted May 22, 2014 by

Saving for College? What You Need to Know

I am sure going to college is a goal for many students.  While getting a higher education can set you up for career success, it can be expensive.  That’s why prospective students who are saving for college need all of the knowledge they can get concerning this decision.  The following infographic shares some points to help you plan ahead. (more…)

Posted November 22, 2013 by

How Students Are Turning to Unconventional Methods to Pay Tuition

Money in a jar for a college fund

Money in a jar for a college fund. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

College was once considered a path to financial stability and security. These days, however, with the cost of tuition increasing 500 percent in the last 60 years, paying for college has become a major source of financial stress for many students and their families. Most won’t be able to pay for the cost of living expenses and tuition outright, and will turn to student loans—which can add up to hefty debt. In fact, the average student loan for a four-year institution is $25,000, which can take up to 40 years to pay off and are not eligible for assistance from conventional services that assist with these matters, like most debt relief agencies. (more…)

Posted October 05, 2012 by

57% of Employers Offer Tuition Reimbursement

Amy Kaminski of Compdata SurveysEven as tuition rates continue to escalate, the number of working adults re-entering the classroom to earn college degrees is on the rise. Many employers have picked up on this trend and are seizing the opportunity to offer a valuable benefit to their workforce. TheBenefits USA 2012/2013 survey results found 56.6 percent of employers now offer tuition reimbursement to all employees, which is a significant increase from 34.9 percent reported in 2009.

“Enrollment rates are expected to continue rising, and companies offering tuition reimbursement to their employees are putting themselves in a competitive position,” said Amy Kaminski, director of marketing for Compdata Surveys. “Not only are employers creating a stronger workforce, but they are arming themselves with a valuable tool in employee retention, as reimbursement benefits are becoming increasingly important to their employees.” (more…)

Posted September 19, 2012 by

529 College Savings Plans See Record Growth in the First Half of 2012

If prospective students are looking to save money for college, they may want to learn more about 529 plans.  It seems this year, many people are taking advantage of them.

The College Savings Plans Network (CSPN), the nation’s leading objective source about Section 529 College Savings Plans and Prepaid Tuition Plans, recently released its 2012 mid-year 529 Report which found record-level growth for college savings plans. Based on data collected by CSPN from all 529 plans in the country, including 106 savings and prepaid tuition programs, the mid-year 529 Report shows that for the first half of the year, total assets and total number of open accounts have reached nearly $180 billion and 11 million, respectively. (more…)

Posted May 25, 2012 by
Posted May 03, 2012 by

Honor Student Has Baby, Loses Healthcare, Becomes Homeless, But Now Back in School

Clients of Peoples Resource-CenterMoniKea Hatten of Glen Ellyn, Illinois had always been a good student and driven to succeed even though she grew up without much support or the means to accomplish many of her goals. She lost her job in 2007 and enrolled at the College of DuPage in an effort to upgrade her education and make herself more marketable to employers and a more productive member of society.

In 2010, MoniKea Hatten was an honor student but also pregnant. She was unable to finish a summer course scheduled to end July 27th because she delivered her baby on July 12th.  Because she didn’t complete the course, she lost her financial aid.

In 2011, MoniKea turned to WorkNet DuPage to see if they could help her find a way to continue school. Many barriers, however, stood in her way. She had no means of transportation and soon became homeless. Paying for childcare was out of the question. Roseanne Deane at WorkNet recommended a program called LEAP at People’s Resource Center. MoniKea called. “My life has never been the same,” she said. “LEAP gave me provisions for transportation and incentives to help pay for childcare. I didn’t have much money, and it was very difficult to travel 4 ½ hours every day using public transportation from a shelter in Villa Park, but I did it.”

PRC taught MoniKea how to network, and today she is working and continuing her education. She credits LEAP for both. Currently, she is looking for housing for her son and herself. “Everything’s a stepping stone to my destiny,” MoniKea said. “PRC is my home, and the people at PRC are my family. Any young person seeking change should check out PRC. They push you forth into your life. Seriously, they will work with you until you are on your way.” (more…)

Posted February 27, 2012 by

College Dropouts Lost $3.8 Billion in Income in 2011

College dropout t-shirtSixty-eight percent of those who dropped out of college in 2011 stated that they blamed financial circumstances and lack of time for dropping out. According to the Department of Education, only 50 percent of this year’s freshman will graduate within five years. As bad as that sounds, a staggering 59 percent of low-income students are expected to drop-out before earning their four-year degree and the disparity is growing between their rate and the 34 percent rate amongst high-income students.

Sheila Danzig, founder of TheDegree.com said, “Students need to take advantage of what is available to them to ensure that they have the best chance at successful career. Many can test out of courses over a summer break and take less time to complete a degree.” (more…)

Posted November 19, 2011 by

Student Loans About to Top $1 Trillion and Surpass All Credit Card Debt

Mortar Board Graduation Cap on Top of Pile of MoneyWith the average American household bringing in $50,221 a year, many parents face a serious dilemma on how they will pay for their child’s college education. “What happens when their child gets accepted into the college of his or her choice only to discover that it costs over $50,000 a year?” asks Forrest Broman, President of The International Educator, a newspaper that reports on news and trends in the field of international education.

“Even with scholarships and financial aid that still leaves a huge out-of- pocket expense, one for which most families are unprepared for,” said Mr. Broman. “Double or triple that amount if they have more than one kid of college age, or approaching college-age,” he estimated. What does that leave cash-strapped families to do? Borrow. (more…)

Posted June 23, 2009 by

Think College When They Are in Diapers!

In 18 years, a degree from a public school will cost around $200,000 and a private university will run closer to $400,000, according to the College Board, which administers the SAT standardized college admissions test.
Adapted from “The Wall Street Journal Financial Guidebook for New Parents,” by Stacey L. Bradford. Copyright 2009 by Dow Jones & Co. Inc. Published by Three Rivers Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group.
For most of us, the only way to accumulate that kind of cash is to start setting money aside while our kids are still in diapers.
How?
529 Basic College Savings Plan
The 529 plan is a tax-advantaged savings account that allows you to invest money today and withdraw the funds free of federal income taxes, provided the money is used for qualified college expenses.

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