Going back to college as an adult? Here’s what you need to know

Posted on June 14, 2019

“Like 40% of students who enter college, life got in the way of Shawnte’ Cain completing her degree. Cain, 39, began her college career in 1997 at Wayne State University in Detroit. She successfully made it through three years at the school, but just as she could see her degree on the horizon, her grandmother fell ill. School fell by the wayside as Cain cared for her and her own financial obligations rose.” Continue reading

Make College Affordable for People Like Me

Posted on June 12, 2019

“As a black woman who was raised in poverty, I understand what it means to face constant hardships. I grew up in a single parent household watching my mother’s mental health deteriorate over time. She relies on disability checks to support herself, so hasn’t been able to financially support me for college.” Continue reading

We Won’t Make America Great Again by Scaring Off Foreign College Students

Posted on June 11, 2019

“American colleges and universities have long been the most sought-after in the world, as judged by the number of foreign students who come to study here. About 20 percent of college students who study abroad choose a school in the United States. That’s almost twice the percentage that choose somewhere in the United Kingdom, the second-most popular location.” Continue reading

How to Pay for College as a Single Mom

Posted on June 10, 2019

“For single moms feeling discouraged about affording the cost of college, there are a number of grants and other aid programs that might make the transition smoother. Tatyana Davis, a single mother of three, says her youngest child was just over 6 months when she first enrolled in Monroe Community College in New York, where she now studies health information technology with the help of a federal grant and the college’s child care center.”

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Grad’s message for single parents: ‘They can do it’

Posted on June 5, 2019

“Jocelyn Word felt selfish going back to college last year. After all, the newly single mother from Stockton, Calif., had four children to support and raise, and they already had watched her go through so much in the previous five years. A divorce. A brain aneurysm. The loss of two jobs because the companies folded. But Word pressed on, even doubling up on her class load the last six months, and Friday evening she walked across the stage to accept her Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Management from Grand Canyon University.” Continue reading

Takedown of Online Education

Posted on June 3, 2019

“Online education has not lived up to its potential, according to a new report, which said fully online course work contributes to socioeconomic and racial achievement gaps while failing to be more affordable than traditional courses. The report aims to make a research-driven case discouraging federal policymakers from pulling back on consumer protections in the name of educational innovation.” Continue reading

Fewer than half of public colleges are affordable, report finds

Posted on May 31, 2019

“The share of public colleges considered affordable decreased between the 2012-13 and 2016-17 academic years, according to a new report from the National College Access Network (NCAN). NCAN defines an affordable college as one with a total cost of attendance not exceeding the combination of: its average grant and federal loan awards; average expected family contribution for Pell Grant recipients; average Federal-Work Study award; and summer wages, plus $300. ” Continue reading