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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Single Parents Buckling Under Student Debt

Robyn Tellefsen | June 20, 2012

single parents and college tuition debt financing

I often marvel at the amount of work a single mom friend of mine has to put in in order to pursue higher education. Without a spouse to help shoulder the load, she’s left to manage her career, her master’s degree program, and her daughter – all by herself. She does it, but it’s exhausting, not to mention expensive.

If you go by the numbers, getting your degree before you have kids is the least expensive option, and it’s still pretty doable when you’re married with kids. Entering college as a single parent, however, adds a whole new dimension of debt.

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Cracking Down on GI Bill Benefits

Robyn Tellefsen | May 14, 2012

When it comes to protecting veterans, service members, and their families from getting bamboozled for their GI Bill benefits, President Obama isn’t taking any chances. Though members of Congress have introduced legislation to protect veterans from deceptive and misleading practices by educational institutions, the president recently bypassed Congress, issuing an executive order to protect vets.

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Colleges Offer Scholarships to Entrepreneurs

Lori Johnston | April 30, 2012

Having an entrepreneurial spirit may help you earn scholarship money to earn advanced degrees.

Schools such as the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, known as NYU-Poly, encourage students to pursue their inventions and innovations with scholarship programs.

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