Make 2013 the Year You Return to College

Lori Johnston | December 27, 2012

At some point before the end of the year, let’s take a breath and reflect on what you want to accomplish come 2013. If you haven’t yet earned your bachelor’s degree, this could be your year to return to college, and bachelor’s degree completion programs could provide valuable assistance.

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David Bakke is a contributor for, where he shares tips for college students and parents to finance their education and find ways to save.

It’s a fact that the number of nontraditional students attending college is on the rise. A survey conducted by US News and World Report showed that college attendance by students aged 40 to 64 increased by almost 20 percent in the last decade. What may be most impressive about this statistic is how much harder it is for older students to invest time and money in a college education. After all, there are mortgages to be paid, children to be cared for, and retirements to be funded.

Going back to college can involve some difficult choices and major sacrifices. But regardless of why you’re returning to academia, it’s often worth it. Here are four ways you can save money to pay for tuition…

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What “Gainful Employment” Means to Students

Robyn Tellefsen | July 23, 2012

what gainful employment means when evaluating a college

When you’re 18 years old and fresh out of high school, the college information that matters most to you probably includes extracurricular offerings and the intangible fun factor. When you get a little bit older and you’re going back to school to get ahead in your career, your college criteria tend to shift. The emphasis is less on the “college experience” and more on “return on investment.” In other words, you want to know that the degree for which you paid dearly will pay you back.

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Standardized Tests in College?

Robyn Tellefsen | April 27, 2012

standardized tests at college

After years of enduring standardized tests, from elementary school (it starts in 3rd grade in New York) all the way through high school and then college entrance exams, most students breathe a sigh of relief at the lack of standardized testing at the undergraduate level. Unless you’re going to grad school or entering a credentialed profession, your college admission is a chance to say goodbye to those dreaded, broad-stroke assessments.

Not so fast.

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