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.

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.

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.

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.

On My Own: Doing a Personal Finance 180

I’m standing in Trader Joe’s, contemplating a container of chicken broth. It’s $1.99. I put it back. After I’ve checked out, I tell my roommates, who are grocery shopping with me, that I’m going to run next door to Foods 4 Less. I’ve actually never shopped there before, but I suspect its chicken broth is cheaper—and I’m right, It’s only $1.68.

On My Own: Figuring Out How to Pay for College After My Parents Cut Me Off

I’m a rising sophomore at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, which has an approximate yearly price tag of around $24,800. That, along with its good reputation, was why I decided to attend Cal Poly instead of an exotic, $60K-a-year-with-no-aid-package East Coast private school I had envisioned for myself since sixth grade.

“If You’ve Got Some Sugar For Me, Sugar Daddy, Bring It Home”

From Public University To Tony Country Club

Marian Wang at ProPublica has a telling interview with the former president of Miami University, James Garland. More commonly known as Miami of Ohio, Miami University is a public university that, according to Garland, is “public in name only.” He describes the strategy they undertook to weather the economic downturn on a diminishing state budget, and the regrets he has in retrospect, despite the success of their efforts.

A Conversation With an Artist/Nonprofit Worker About Her Money

Margaret: I’m 29, I work in the communications department at a nonprofit, and I live in Brooklyn/work in Manhattan.

A Conversation With a Tax Accountant Who Earns $75,000 a Year

Michelle: I’m 26, a senior corporate tax accountant, and I live in Rockland County in N.Y.