Cap & Gown Fashion Inspo For All You 2014 Grads

Any Billfolders graduating college come May? Grad school? Commencement-themed porno to participate in? DO THIS. I will be your best friend. Or post a photo of it. SFW only.


S.C. to College of Charleston: We’re Docking Your Allowance

Running a public university is a perilous proposition these days. Cash-strapped states don’t need much reason to pull back on the support they give to their flagship educational institutions, even as private schools charge undergrads more and more.


What a Pulitzer Prize Will Buy You in 2014

+ 7251.11 Euro + A new city managerA man’s watch. “‘Buying a nice watch is not about status to me, nor is it about impressing others. I am buying it because it is a beautiful creation,’” sayeth the investment banker. AskMen approves: “Besides the great choice in aesthetic, going to a brand where the timepiece is an absolute investment is the best thing Paul could have done with this amount of money.” I might not taking further financial advice from AskMen.

+ An un-retouched photo of Lena DunhamA college degree in Texas. More info here. Sorry I ragged on you earlier, Houston! + A tiny, tiny homeThe beginnings of a fortuneThe ability to coax Jonathan Adler from bedThe ability to pay off your fine for posting “revenge porn” + Um, a wife?

Yes, I am offering a $10,000 reward to anyone that introduces me to the woman that I propose to. She does NOT need to say yes for you to get the reward. No, if you yourself call and we marry, you don’t get $10,000 but you do get me. In that case, I’ll donate it to a charity that promotes parenthood as being the most important job in the world.

Or you could, you know, write The Goldfinch. And then buy a watch.


A Proposal for Two Years of Free Tuition for All Students in Wisconsin

There has been a ton of data out there showing how terrible and predatory for-profit colleges are, and two educational policy studies professors at the University of Wisconsin, Madison are putting together a paper that will show how reallocating financial aid money given to for-profit colleges and putting it back into the public sector could benefit all students by making the first two years of public university free.


Majoring in Economics and Making Money

From Jonah Sinick at Cognito Mentoring: Here is a chart of median earnings for liberal arts majors when starting out (second column) and during their mid-careers (third column).


Starving on Campus

College students are known for being broke, heavily in debt, and surviving off of instant ramen, but there is also an invisible population of students who have “food insecurity”—not having enough to eat on daily basis. These students are often hidden because they feel ashamed about their circumstances.


‘Working Your Way Through College’ Now Basically a Myth

A few weeks ago when we talked about the guy with 13 kids, I mentioned how I liked the idea of my kids “working their way through college” like my parents did. Many of you were quick to point out that this was no longer feasible, that “working your way through college” now means ‘working your way through college and then also spending the next decade or more paying off your student loans.’ Which, come to think about, is exactly my experience.


Ruling Declares College Football Players University Employees

In a stunning ruling that has the potential to revolutionize college athletics, a federal agency said Wednesday that football players at Northwestern University can create the nation’s first college athlete’s union.

The decision by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board means it agrees football players at the Big Ten school qualify as employees under federal law and therefore can legally unionize.

Whoa, via Politico.


An Accident Paid Off My MFA Debt

Just over a month before I entered the graduate writing program at The New School I was struck by a car as I stepped into a crosswalk on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Along with minor abrasions, my left ear was mangled beyond repair, and as I faced a handful of surgeries in the months and years ahead, I worried how these might affect my expensive education.  I would plan each surgery around a break from school so that I could miss the least number of classes possible. At the time this was how I connected grad school to my accident, along with the knowledge that I would have to get the hell over it; I had an M.F.A. dream to fulfill.


Michigan Proposes Its Own Pay It Forward Tuition Plan

As USA Today reports, the state legislature in Michigan is reviewing a bill to create a sort of radical new tuition program that’s known as the “pay-it-forward” system. Basically, you go to school for free (“free”), then pay back the school, interest-free, out of your future paycheck. Your payments cover the next kid to go to school for “free.”


Choosing a College Major Based on Salary Prospects

Over at The Wall Street Journal, a discussion of “the importance of selecting a major to make a living—and having a life.”


Have What It Takes To Edit Wikipedia Entries For Harvard?

Via Adam Clark Estes at Gizmodo, Harvard University is hiring a Wikipedian-in-Residence. The gig lasts for 13 weeks and pays $16 an hour. Not bad!