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Five Ways Paying For College Has Changed In The Last Five Years

How the typical family paid for college in 2011-12.

Sallie Mae released its annual look at how America pays for college earlier this week. About 1,600 students and parents responded to a survey that asked about college costs and financing. The student loan lender started conducting the research in 2008. Here are five ways paying for college has changed in the last five years.

How The Right College Loans To The Wrong Students Can Push Tuition Up

According to an old theory of educational economics, college financial aid becomes a vicious cycle: When more financial aid is made available to students, universities will hike tuition to make sure they pocket more of that money. Research released this month has breathed new life into that disputed theory — at least in part. Financial aid for […]

How Student Loan Defaults End Up Hurting Taxpayers

Students on Indiana University's Bloomington campus.

It takes years for the federal government to recoup its losses from a student loan default — and “time is money,” one expert writes. It’s a fact that’s prompting some college officials to rethink financial aid.

Will Students Take Advantage Of IU's Summer Tuition Cuts?

Sophomore Ricky Rojas (right, with pool cue) lines up a shot during a pool game with friends at IUPUI's Student Center. He says he's not sure if he would take advantage of summer courses where the tuition is cheaper.

Politically, the benefits of cutting summer tuition for Indiana University administrators are clear: the move quiets criticism from state lawmakers over rising costs of attendance. Financially, though, the benefits of a 25 percent cut to summer school tuition for in-state undergraduates are harder to calculate. If university officials’ projection of a 10 percent bump in […]

Want A Merit-Based Scholarship? Go To A Private College

Private four-year colleges are giving more merit-based financial aid to more students than public universities, and numbers from the federal government suggest the gap between the two has grown significantly in the last 15 years. A report from the National Center for Education Statistics says 44 percent of all students received aid based on their […]

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