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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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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?

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?

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

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?

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

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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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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Savvy College Funding

It’s no secret that most Americans find college to be an expensive venture. Even with years of planning and saving, families who can pay the full cost of a four year education out-of-pocket are the minority. Since it’s unlikely that most people have hundreds of thousands of dollars lying around, there are some tried and true methods to pay for an education. The best options require diligence and foresight. However, you shouldn't overlook alternative and creative college funding options. Common College Funding Options Outside Scholarships One…

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Navigate FAFSA Verification Like a Pro

Have you been chosen for FAFSA verification? Not to worry! According to U.S. News, over one-third of FAFSA applicants are chosen for this type of audit. Some small colleges even elect to verify 100% of their applicants. As deadlines have passed and you have filed your FAFSA, now comes the time when financial aid offices may be contacting you or your student about the verification process. Essentially, it’s an audit that colleges do to verify the numbers you submitted in your original filing. While this…

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