Malia’s College Search!

Now that she’s a high school senior and gets to set her own agenda, Malia is trying to figure out where to go next. Stanford? Berkeley? Harvard? Back to the city for NYU? Somewhere lower profile?

The Real Cost of Colleges

Planet Money has put together a very cool tool showing the average net price that students pay at 1,550 colleges at various income levels, rather than the sticker price.

The Job That Taught Me How To Be An Adult

The job paid minimum wage and remains one of my favorites I’ve ever held.

College Can’t Be Reduced To How Much Money It Lets You Make

“People get a lot more out of college than earnings potential. They learn to be better citizens and better human beings.”

Time To Tax Harvard?

“Normal hedge funds have to pay taxes on their earnings. Because it’s a nonprofit, Harvard doesn’t.”

Is College Too Expensive? Yes, But Especially for Those Attending Non-Elite Schools

It’s the time of year when students are heading off to college all across the country, and we start seeing the perennial “Is College Too Expensive?” articles popping up everywhere.

Working for the Office of Financial Aid, as a Student and as an Adult

I had such high hopes for the things we’d be able to do to help students. I remembered all too well what it had been like to be ill-equipped and subsequently (and also needlessly) graduate with more debt than I knew what to do with, and I was confident I could make a difference.

Democrats And (Some) Republicans Agree: We Must Overhaul How We Pay For College

Contenders for the Democratic nomination have unveiled policies to help solve the problem of rapidly rising college costs. Though the plans differ in details, they agree in essentials.

Why I Chose My Last-Choice College (Hint: Money)

Two things were always understood: I would earn a degree, and I would pay for it myself.

Cartoon Villainy In The World of For-Profit Higher Ed

Cruella de Vil is alive and living in San Francisco.