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College Tuition Issue Goes To The Supreme Court
Should theology students receive financial aid? Should states be required to provide financial aid to theology students? That is the question argued December 3 before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Washington state law at issue excludes theology majors — and only theology majors — from eligibility for a state college-scholarship program offered to high-achieving, low-income students. The article from the First Amendment Center raises some thorny questions about what religous activities states should be required to fund. The debate illuminates how the rising cost of college tuition is raising larger issues that affect our social and political structure. How is the U.S. higher education system going to weather these issues? As the political and social dimensions of rising college tuition continue to expand, how will we educate our society? In twenty years, how will anyone get a decent education for less than a few hundred thousand dollars? Keep saving! Alex.See AlsoTheology-studies case ...
12:13:58 December 3, 2003, Wednesday (PST) Source: ! SUBSCRIPTION ERRORS (Action Needed)
The (real) cost of going to college
A breakdown of what it costs one freshman to go to college I have been out of the loop for the past week, getting my full of turkey et al. But the news keeps flowing in about the cost of going to college. And it doesn't look any prettier. The Seattle Times did a great profile of a student's cost of going to the University of Washington. This kid is watching his budget closely. His Mom is working two jobs. He wants to be a dentist. And so far so good. But think about this student for a minute and you realize that the pressures are enormous. It's a high stakes game in many ways. College life is great. But the costs are so high that focus is more important than ever before. Here's a breakdown on some of his spending: $3,887 to share a dorm room$4,923 for tuition and books$2,994 for food$5,520 student expenses and student fees Total: Approximately $17,000 It sure adds up. I'll have more articles coming soon, including one about a family with a $200,000 income that is struggling to pay ...
08:19:14 December 1, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: ! SUBSCRIPTION ERRORS (Action Needed)
Congress Interest In College Tuition Is Heating Up
More members of Congress take notice of rising college tuition The Higher Education Act comes up for renewal in 2004 and Congress is considering different remedies for the rising cost of going to college. Rep. Howard "Buck," McKeon, a Republican from California, who chairs a major higher education subcomittee in Congress, is proposing cutting off additional federal financial aid to colleges that raise tuition by more than double the inflation rate. On the other side of the aisle, the Democrats, lead by Sen. Edward Kenndy, of Massachusetts, have proposed a new higher education bill Tuesday that would increase college aid, encourage universities to hold down costs and allow students to refinance higher interest college loans. But why are universities getting caught in this mess? State legislatures are decreasing funding and costs are soaring for health insurance, technology and facilities, according to officials in higher education. The result seems to be an upcoming battle with ...
08:10:35 November 21, 2003, Friday (PST) Source: ! SUBSCRIPTION ERRORS (Action Needed)
Mobile Students, Mobile Minutes
Say good bye to long distance services at colleges and universities Have you seen the new Verizon commercial? It features a group of students at their fraternity, going ape over a new Verizon calling plan that moves off-peak hours from 9 p.m. to 7 p.m. The students go absolutely bonkers, glass shatters from their piercing howls of gratitude. I was so struck by this commercial. And then I came across an article in the Rocky Mountain News about the ubiquitousness of mobile phones among students. Students don't use the land line anymore. So much so that the University of Denver (where I went to college), stopped their long distance calling program for the dormitories. My gosh! That is a huge development and shows the massive shift in student lifestyles and how technology is so far reaching in its impact on attending a university. See AlsoCutting the cordCell phones are everywhere on college campuses
12:09:40 November 20, 2003, Thursday (PST) Source: ! SUBSCRIPTION ERRORS (Action Needed)
Purchasing A Laptop For College
Go to the University and asl for advice Universities will usually have advice about what computers to buy. Here is an example of the computers recommended by the University of Denver. By the way, I graduated from DU in 1987. Go Pioneers! Alex.See AlsoLaptop DecisionsWhat does the university recommend?
00:32:12 November 17, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: ! SUBSCRIPTION ERRORS (Action Needed)
Going To College? You Better Budget For A Laptop!
Laptops are becoming a requirement at more universities Technology is a fact of going to college these days. Here's a story about Clemson University's requirement for students to have a laptop computer. Now, how do you afford this cost, too? Some universities set aside money to help pay for the machines. Others are mixing the cost into financial aid, grants and scholarships.See AlsoColleges learn to utilize class laptopsTuition, books and now laptops, too.
00:23:33 November 17, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: ! SUBSCRIPTION ERRORS (Action Needed)
The Scholarship Coach
Here is a site to check out for anyone thinking about going to college This guy not only has a great web site but take one look and you can tell he is a character who will give you new hope about making college affordable. See AlsoThe Scholarship CoachCheck out the Scholarship Coach and learn how to get a college scholarship.
10:55:23 November 13, 2003, Thursday (PST) Source: ! SUBSCRIPTION ERRORS (Action Needed)
Have You Considered Canada?
Costs for a Canadian college are worth the look Don't rule out Canada for a college education. Here's an article that talks about that option and other tactcis for affording college.See AlsoTrying To Cut Costs: Think CanadaThink about Canada as an option for getting a college education
09:45:15 November 13, 2003, Thursday (PST) Source: ! SUBSCRIPTION ERRORS (Action Needed)
Watch The Rhetoric
Politicans Are Looking For A TargetPutnam may become the next Andersen if the crescendo of rhetoric continues to rise. As the mutual fund industry gets continued scrutiny, Putnam may be held out as the one to punish for all its ills.See AlsoPutnam May Be Held Out To DryWill They Be The Next Andersen?
11:27:07 November 10, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: ! SUBSCRIPTION ERRORS (Action Needed)
Texas Drops Putnam
Lone Star State Joins List of States To Drop Putnam Texas joins Massachusetts and Rhode Island as states to drop Putnam.See AlsoTexas Drops PutnamTexas Will Withdraw $108.5 Million In Investments.
11:22:12 November 10, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: ! SUBSCRIPTION ERRORS (Action Needed)
Morningstar Says To Hold Off On Selling Putnam
New Hires Encourage Morningstar Analyst Hiring of Barry Barbash, a partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP and former enforcement chief of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, is one of several "encouraging developments" that dissuaded Russel Kinnel, Morningstar's director of fund analysis, from recommending that investors sell their holdings, according to Bloomberg News. See AlsoMorningstar Says To hold Off On Selling PutnamDon't sell quite yet. Developments are encouraging.
11:17:37 November 10, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: ! SUBSCRIPTION ERRORS (Action Needed)
Putnam Assets Decline by $14 Billion Since October
Withdrawal Represents 5 percent of Putnam Assets Assets have flowed out of Putnam since September but picked up considerbaly in past two weeks after being charged with civil fraud by state and federal regulators.See AlsoPutnam assets decline by $14 billionAssets drop from $277 billion to $263 billion
11:12:06 November 10, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: ! SUBSCRIPTION ERRORS (Action Needed)
Putnam Takes Out Full Page Ad
Putnam is trying to shore up the exodus from its fund with the launch of an advertising campaign in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.See AlsoPutnam Pledges Reform In Full Page AdvertisementNew Link
11:01:06 November 10, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: ! SUBSCRIPTION ERRORS (Action Needed)
Change In Plans
<FONT face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size=2>What do the resignations of top fund executives mean for your college savings strategy? It may mean that your state may change funds. The state of Oregon is expected to make a decision about Strong next week. If they decide to drop Strong, more than 30,000 people will be affected. This is significant as Strong is a no load fund, meaning there are no brokerage costs. How will Oregon deal with this issue? An executive board meeting is scheduled for the 13th of November. We'll keep you posted. Alex.</FONT>
13:09:22 November 5, 2003, Wednesday (PST) Source: ! SUBSCRIPTION ERRORS (Action Needed)
What To Do?
The news gets worse by the day about the mutual fund fiasco. How does it affect College 529 plans? That is the big question. The key thing analysts are saying is to keep cool. There is no way to know what will happen, but staying informed is crucial. Here's a good article from CBS MarketWatch. Check back soon. Alex. http://cbs.marketwatch.com/news/story.asp?guid=%7B0F5573C6%2D4933%2D409C%2DAD60%2D1AADAC0EB9AC%7D&siteid=mktwSee AlsoSave For CollegeVisit Lucky529.com and learn how you can save for college now!
11:39:32 November 5, 2003, Wednesday (PST) Source: ! SUBSCRIPTION ERRORS (Action Needed)
Comparing The Plans
The Motley Fools provide a guide for comparing different colllege savings plans. See chart: http://www.fool.com/college/compare.htm
17:34:29 October 25, 2003, Saturday (PDT) Source: ! SUBSCRIPTION ERRORS (Action Needed)
High Tuition Gets The Attention of Congress
A congressman from California is proposing that colleges and universities lose their funding if their costs are higher than the rise in inflation. The issue comes as the College Board announced that college tuition has risen 40 percent in the past decade. Much of the increases are in large part due to state funding problems. Without the funding, colleges and universities have been forced to increase their tuition. Many involved in higher education say the proposal from Rep. Howard McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, is misdirected. Colleges and universities could los millions in funding due in most part because of budget issues beyond their control. Read the article: http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/news/7036946.htm 
14:30:05 October 23, 2003, Thursday (PDT) Source: ! SUBSCRIPTION ERRORS (Action Needed)
Average College Costs Rise Again
Once again, It's costing more to go to college. The College Board, which owns the SAT, says that the cost to attend a four-year college or university is now 40 percent higher than it was 10 years ago. The reasons for the jump comes in large part from the big cuts in state funding for higher education over the past few years. Read the article: http://www.salon.com/news/wire/2003/10/21/tuition/
23:13:27 October 21, 2003, Tuesday (PDT) Source: ! SUBSCRIPTION ERRORS (Action Needed)