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 a Photographer Who Earns $50,000 a Year

Grant: I'm 28, live in Chicago, Ill. My fiancé and I just moved to a neighborhood called Logan Square last weekend. I am a photographer.

Chatting With My Parents About How (And Why) They Paid For My College Education

When I was 18, my parents sent me 600 miles away to Northwestern University for a journalism degree worth nearly $200,000. Minus $50,000 in loans and grants, they paid for the whole thing out-of-pocket. I've never understood why. So I asked them.

One Card Down and the Terrible-ness of Student Loans

Logan: I just impulse paid off one of my cards. Haha. The balance was $300 and I owed $100, and so i just paid it off wild and crazyyyyyy.

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 24-Year-Old Publicist Who Earns $44,000 a Year

Beverly: I'm a 24-year-old publicist working in New York City. My official title is "Senior Account Executive." I earn $44,000 a year, but that's very recent (within the past month).

We Were Poor, And College Was The Answer to All My Problems (Right?)

College was positioned as The Answer To All My Problems from a very young age.

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.

Oregon’s ‘Pay it Forward, Pay it Back’ College Payment Plan

Oregon is exploring an inventive way for students to fund their educations at community colleges and four-year public universities in the state: Free tuition in exchange for paying a small percentage of their adjusted gross incomes into a special fund for, according to one proposal, a 20-year time period.

When Parents Pay/Don’t Pay for Their Kids’ College Education

Over at Inside Higher Ed, Scott Jaschik reports on a study showing that college students who have their parents generously pay for their educations get lower grades than those who pay for their own educations.