My Life and Education as a Community College Transfer Student

When I was 17 my parents offered me a deal: We’ll pay for your entire undergraduate career if you go to community college first, and a public, in-state school for the bachelor’s degree. I couldn’t say no; this was free college.

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.

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.”

I Didn’t Intend to Go to College Until I Was Offered a Job

Most people attend college to get started on a career path. I also went to college for a job, but in a more immediate sense: I was headed toward the door of my high school, floating on that superior feeling of the final days of senior year, when the guidance counselor stuck her head of the office and hailed me by name.

A BA That Spans Four Years, Three Colleges, And Two Countries

My mom has asked me, on a few occasions, whether or not I felt my atypical college experience was worth it, and it’s hard to say. I’ve struggled a lot since graduation, and I don’t know if the road could have been easier had I taken a different path.

The Richest Kids At Your College Majored In English

If you’re at college and you need a loan, ask an English major.

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