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College Costs Include More Than Just Tuition

Tuition fees are the first thing most people think about when calculating the cost of college. And that is totally justified considering tuition fees are the largest expense associated with a college education. However, the tuition fee is not the only expense involved. There are a number of other expenses that need to be factored …
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What is Included in “Cost of Attendance?”

Cost of attendance or COA is a term you’ll come across often when researching different colleges and their fees. Families often confuse cost of attendance with college tuition. The fact is although the two are associated, they are two completely different things. College tuition is just one part of the total cost of attendance. Here’s …
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Why Should College Be Free?

Should college be free? It’s a classic question with a complicated and arguably unclear answer. The affordability of college education as well as the current student debt crisis is always a key consideration. As with any major decision, there are pros and cons to why college should be free. Let’s break down the positives and …
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15 Surprisingly Affordable Colleges for Midwestern Middle Class Families

Many middle class families in the Midwest think that their only affordable college options are the state schools. While these may be great options, they are certainly not the only affordable schools for these students and families. Before we jump in to which colleges we found to be most affordable for middle class Midwestern families, it’s important …
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These 10 “Expensive” Colleges Have Free College Tuition or Full-Ride Scholarships for Middle-Class Families

When many families think of college, they think “expensive”. With rising price tags on many schools now easily exceeding $60,000 per year, it’s no wonder that many students and parents are worried about how they will possibly afford the cost of college. If you’ve done your homework, then you will know that many colleges–especially the most …
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The Costs of Transferring Colleges

Students can transfer schools for all sorts of reasons –another college has a better program, they weren’t clicking with the environment, etc.– but whatever the cause, all transfer students face similar challenges with their move. Whether it’s financial or academic — what’s the real cost of transferring colleges? The benefits of transferring colleges: Given the …