Let’s Reminisce About College Admissions!

Is the topic of finances too distasteful for you, CNN Money? When did you get so squeamish?

Undercompensated in Academia

I grew up in an academic household, and academia was a goal of mine from an early age. Both my parents are musicians teaching in academia, and while I also loved to perform, I had decided in college that I would probably follow in my parents’ footsteps and pursue teaching on a university level.

Would You Work the Overnight Shift In Exchange for Free Tuition?

Want a Free College Education? Show Up to Class and Don’t Get Caught

I am fascinated by the story of 28-year-old Guillaume Dumas, who recently announced that he spent 2008-2012 taking courses at Yale, Brown, Stanford and other schools without paying tuition. How’d he do it? As he told The Atlantic, he walked into classrooms and acted like he belonged.

Strikes, Walk Outs, & Other Old Answers To Today’s Higher Ed Problems

“‘In reality, many of us will never come close to paying off these debts.'”

National Adjunct Walkout Day

Today is National Adjunct Walkout Day, and it seems like the worries about campus security were unwarranted.

CA Money vs Midwest Money, & “Relative Wealth” at U Michigan

Another columnist wrote a candid and widely read response about her own family’s finances, and what she believes is the main distinction between people who are wealthy and those who are struggling.

How Low-Income Students Do College

A Guide To Anthropomorphizing Your Student Loan Lender

In the six-plus years that I had been paying the piper, the adorable name Sallie Mae always felt like an insult. I longed for them to just call it Student Loan Corp. or Purgatory, Inc. or something.

All Right So How Should We Pay For College Then

if being middle-class means being able to prepare your children (plural!) for a four-year college, means being “well-off enough to give them an education,” that means having hundreds of thousands of dollars at your disposal.

When An Adjunct Gets An Unlucky Break

I usually teach three courses per semester, three credits each. $633 per credit, which comes out to $5700 for a four month term. I am not the primary money person in our family, thank goodness. But the money I earn takes care of all the non-essentials of life: piano lessons, trips, new tires.

College Work-Life Balance

When you’re in college and work on the side, your day fills up pretty quickly.

Community College For Some, Miniature American Flags For Others!

We as a nation should be all about expanding access to an affordable community college education.

How Writing This Column Helped Make Me Rethink My Grocery Spending

A couple of weeks ago, I opened a letter from my mom to find a $10 Trader Joe’s gift card nestled inside. I was touched, grateful, and excited about the possibilities—the same way I would have reacted to an Anthropologie or Sephora gift card in the past. In my mom’s note, she wrote, “Buy something decadent.” I’d been good-naturedly complaining about the amount of oatmeal I’d been eating.

Thank You Title IX, Says Mom of IV Daughters

Thanks to Title IX , good genes, and good coaching, our female athletes have a chance at a high-quality college education without paying for it the rest of their lives.