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Freshman Year Of College For Free?

Freshman Year of College for Free?

College for Free? As any family can attest, it takes a lot of time, effort, and attention to detail in order to successfully navigate the college admissions and student loan applications processes. So it’s easy to overlook valuable programs and resources that can really help families meet their overall college costs by actually making freshman year of college free! Learn and Earn While most  families know about Advanced Placement or AP courses and exams, there’s another often forgotten avenue to…

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Can Parent Plus Loan Forgiveness Rescue Some Families From A Lifetime Of Debt?

Can Parent Plus Loan Forgiveness Rescue Some Families from a Lifetime of Debt?

Unbeknownst to many who are struggling to pay for college, the current loopholes in the Parent Plus Loan rules allow some families to receive full forgiveness on a boat load of college debt.   It’s not a viable strategy for everyone, it’s not a recommendation by any means, and there is quite a bit of controversy surrounding it, but there is a way to banish the bills from your Parent Plus Loan for good. But should you? Parent Plus Loans…

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Government Proposals For Higher Education

Government Proposals for Higher Education

For better or for worse, higher education is a deeply political issue. The rules and regulations can vary substantially depending on who’s in office. One side wants to increase federal aid, while the other wants to do away with it altogether and leave it to private institutions.  It can be difficult to keep up to date with it all, but it’s important to make sure that you do so. The government may not be as forthcoming with information that could…

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Does A Nanodegree Really Guarantee A Job?

Does a Nanodegree Really Guarantee a Job?

Online learning is still in its infancy. MOOCs are sprouting every day at top colleges and universities, yet some would say the whole business has had a rocky start so far. The primary sticking point has been low completion rates: people sign up but they don't finish. The creators of the so-called nanodegree aim to change all that. What is a Nanodegree? These are short, practical series of courses with extremely specific goals: namely, training students to immediately enter the job market, usually by teaching them computer…

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Virtual Reality: Will It Replace The Classroom?

Virtual Reality: Will it Replace the Classroom?

Higher education is already forging exciting new grounds in online learning, but the real ground-breaking news lies in the field of virtual reality and how it's already beginning to change classrooms worldwide. Online Learning So Far Unless you've kept up a diligent study of the latest in online learning, you may be surprised to know that MOOCs are causing serious doubt among experts. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) headline every magazine and blog from here to India and Australia, yet many would agree that the product…

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Open Educational Resources (OER) Vs. Expensive Textbooks

Open Educational Resources (OER) vs. Expensive Textbooks

The formula was simple: a teacher teaches, a student learns, textbooks are the bridge that connect the two. If you needed specialized information on a specific subject, more in depth than could be provided by an encyclopedia, a textbook was likely the only place you could find it. Then came the internet. With very nearly all of humanity’s accumulated knowledge available at the push of a button, the question becomes – why do we need textbooks? This question becomes especially provocative when faced with the…

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Competency-Based Education: Will It Reduce Costs?

Competency-Based Education: Will it Reduce Costs?

President Obama wants more people to graduate from college.  In a speech to graduating high school students in D.C., he explained why: "...our country used to have the world’s highest proportion of young people with a college degree; we now rank 16th. I don’t like being 16th. I like being number one." -President Barak Obama That was five years ago, at his Back-to- School speech at Benjamin Banneker High School in Washington.  Although the President urged young people to turn off the TV and study hard, the real crux…

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Affective Computing: EdTech Takes  Another Leap Forward

Affective Computing: EdTech Takes Another Leap Forward

If you're wondering about the future of artificial intelligence, you might start with the present. What's currently going on in higher education with AI is truly mind-blowing, and it's moving forward at a pace most would find hard to believe. While most of the higher ed world has been focusing on distance learning, MOOCs, and online degrees, a select few are already planning the next level of EdTech, and it looks an awful lot like a sci-fi movie. Australia's Impending Leap Forward The University system in Australia…

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Watch Out For Front-Loaded Scholarships

Watch Out for Front-Loaded Scholarships

High school seniors and their parents often come away pleased as punch after meeting with college financial aid reps and recruiters.  That’s because they’re given attractive aid packages that give them hope that college will be affordable after all. And while those scholarships for college freshmen do pan out to make paying for the first year a relative breeze, it’s what happens next that’s a troubling trend in American higher ed. The trend in aid packages is not a happy one. Many…

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Digital Badges In Education Improving Job Prospects

Digital Badges in Education Improving Job Prospects

  Ever worry you’re not telling your full story when applying for jobs?  Your resume shows your work history and the degree you may have earned, but what about all the skills you’ve amassed along the way? And what about your rich variety of experiences that have taught you so much?  Old-school resumes simply don’t leave much room for that type of multi-dimensional information. For everyone who’s ever wished there were a way to display achievements like new skills acquired or milestones reached, there’s…

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