The Rising Cost of College Living: Part 2 in a 3-Part Series on College Costs

This is the second in a three-part series about the rising costs of college, to help parents and college-bound students understand why college is expensive, what it costs and what you can do about it. Today’s post is about the rising cost of living at college. When you send your son or daughter off to college, first and foremost you are (or they are) paying someone to teach them. Tuition is the single most expensive part of the Cost of…

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Why Are College Costs Up & What Can I Do About It?

Part 1: Understanding & Reducing “Time To Degree” Few topics strike fear in the hearts of parents more than the rising cost of college. The media spouts random 5- and 6-figure numbers which are frightening, even more so because so few of us understand what they truly mean. And colleges make it nearly impossible to know what the cost of attendance will be. When you think about it, this is odd. The only time smart people will tolerate being forced…

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The finest college in the land

This past weekend I had the pleasure of touring what some have called a “hidden Ivy” – Washington University in St. Louis. Referring to anything as an “Ivy” is tricky business, but in this case the moniker is well-deserved. With an enrollment of 14,000 students equally split between undergraduate and graduate programs, “Wash U.” seems modest in size compared to all but one Big Ten school (Northwestern). The quality of its students, however, is anything but modest. These are bright, engaging…

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