Thursday, July 29, 2010

Back to School

August is right around the corner and as summer comes to an end the one thing on every student's mind is back to school. Back to school for me means writing down the things I need to prepare for school such as books, a meal plan, and my courses' syllabus. However, there are other students or adults out there that need student loans or financial aid in order to prepare for going back to school. There are other options out there for those that are wanting to go back to school but can't afford to start at a community college or university because if they do they'll be in a huge pile of debt by the end of the four years.

This back to school season a perfect thing to have on the "back to school list", like the one you had when you were a kid, is online college courses that don't cost thousands of dollars. StraighterLine offers courses like this that are the equivalent to a freshmen year. If I would have known about StraighterLine before entering college I would have taken their online courses for my freshmen year then gone to the university I wanted to. It would have saved my parents a lot of money and I would have been able to work while getting the courses I needed. Going back to school can be easier for those who don't want to be in debt!

Just plain wrong

Overheard an online school talk about having a Service member take on debt to finish their degree when so many schools have tuitioin rates UNDER the maximum allowed for Tuition Assistance and GI Bill.

That is just plain wrong.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Online Learning Resources

There are some great online learning resources available on the new and improved New England College of Business website. This is one of the better schools out there. I got to visit them while I was in Boston last week and came away even more energized to get the word out about this school. Over 100 years of helping advance their business careers!

Take a look if you are interested in learning more about online business degrees.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

More on stupid majors

Great blog post on the fact that a crappy major in a crappy job market = crappy low paying job! DUH!! The Dallas paper had a good article on the fact that you don't go deep in debt for college unless you know the job you will get can help you pay it off.

For example - if the average salary for a social science major is going to be $24,000 working as a barista at Starbucks, then you should plan on paying 10% of your salary towards college loans or $2,000 each year.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

MyCAA - the scoop

Over at EduMilitary, they have all the latest on the huge changes to MyCAA - the program that provides money for military spouse education. Take a look!