Category Archives: Universities

How Higher Ed Can Up Its Game: 3 Big Ideas

From NPR News

Take a big room in Manhattan with more than 100 people, all of them fired up about education. Add some dramatic lighting and booming PA announcements, and you’ve got last week’s New York Times Schools for Tomorrow conference. And everybody there, from university presidents to ed tech startups, was talking about how higher education is changing.

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Time Versus Debt: Why These Students Chose Community College

From NPR News

Going to college today is a very different experience than it once was. The cost has soared, and the great recession cut into many of the assets that were supposed to pay for it. This week, All Things Considered is talking with young people — and in some cases their parents — about the value of school and about their choice of what kind of college to attend.

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Americans have a record $248 billion in 529 college savings accounts

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They amount of money in the savings plans grew to a record $248 billion in 2014, about 9% more than the previous year.

People are starting to save for their children earlier than ever. About 31% of the savings plans are opened by parents when their child is barely a year old, or before, according to the College Savings Plans Network.

That’s smart, given the skyrocketing cost of college tuition and fees in recent years.

“You really should be starting to save for college as soon as your child is born,” said Betty Lochner, chair of the College Savings Plans Network.

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