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May 18 2011


Source: OnlineSchools.org

With the rising costs of tuition and textbooks at Universities and Colleges, a new movement of open source text books has begun. Which is great for students who may have to drop out of school because they cannot cover all of their expenses. The bad news is that the open source books may never be widely available thanks to old-school publishers trying to squash the idea.

By Career Explorer

Feb 18 2010

College just got a little bit more affordable with the new American Opportunity Tax Credit – a remodeling of the old Hope tax credit – which not only wasn’t as generous, but fewer families qualified for.  This money can help students and parents pay for college expenses such as tuition, books and school fees.

If you’ve been considering increasing your education, now could be the perfect time to do it – because this new tax credit applies for the years 2009 and 2010.  Many of those eligible qualify for the full annual credit of $2,500.  And if you’re already a student or parent of a student – make sure you claim your 2009 credit!

By Career Explorer

Oct 29 2009

As four-year colleges and universities continue to raise tuition costs, students with limits on their time and money are seeking new educational options. In recent months, community colleges across the country have reported record growth. But in some cases, schools have to think outside the box to find ways to accommodate such a dramatic increase in students.

Solutions such as expanded makeshift parking lots where more students can park, using rented spaces for additional classroom space, or placing students on waiting lists for the next session have already been employed at some schools. Now, a few community colleges are experimenting with expanded class schedules that mean some students are studying poetry, psychology, and welding in the dead of the night.

Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, Massachusetts and Clackamas Community College in Oregon are two schools that are embracing this unorthodox class schedule. Bunker Hill’s midnight class offerings are currently a psychology course and a writing course, while Clackamas students have the option of spending their late-night hours perfecting their welding techniques.

If late-night learning isn’t your thing, a community college near you may be bumping up its class schedule to help students get an earlier start. How does 6 am sound? If you’re an early bird, a community college near you might have extra-early classes that help you fit even more into your already busy schedule.

Would you ever take classes late at night or early in the morning? Do you think these classes would be a convenient fit in your life?

By Career Explorer

Oct 8 2009

Many of us don’t place a postsecondary education in the same category as our other monthly bills: rent, electricity, cable, car payments, or credit card bills. Typically, expenses allotted for “education” are notably much pricier than those other monthly bills. But a company called StraighterLine is now offering an online college education at a flat rate of $99 per month – a cost that fits right in with the rest of those ordinary monthly bills. But is it the real deal? Students who have used StraighterLine say, “yes!”

Earning an advanced education can feel overwhelming in today’s economic climate. As job losses occur across almost every business sector, making serious time and financial commitments to an education might seem out of the question.

But today’s students now have a new option. StraighterLine was established to give students a new option for earning required college credits, and for making a college education more accessible. Burck Smith is StraighterLine’s founder and he’s serious about helping out today’s college student. Like many other educational experts, he recognized early on the power of technology to change the face of higher learning. With advances that are constantly being made in the online world, colleges can now provide an online education at almost no cost. In fact, the financial cost to most institutions may only be the cost of labor – paying the instructor who passes his or her expertise on to students.

So, are these institutions passing their savings on to the students? Most of the time, the answer is no. This is where Burck Smith saw an opening for StraighterLine. With a flat charge of only $99 a month, students can take online classes through StraighterLine to fulfill their college course requirements. As most college students will tell you, that $99 monthly rate is significantly cheaper than a typical university’s asking price.

Know anyone who’s used StraighterLine to earn their college credits? How do you feel about such dramatically increased accessibility and affordability in the education world?

By Career Explorer

Jun 19 2009

When the financial aid runs out – how do you survive on little to no money for expenses while in college? Since the economy has taken a bit of a nose dive, students are starting to see the signs of struggle when it comes to living and going to school on a budget. There is a resource that can help when financial aid doesn’t cover all expenses – work study.

Established as part of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, work study programs fall between a loan and a grant. Students can work up to 20 hours a week in libraries, residence halls or dining halls for money that then can go to college-related expenses.

President Obama wants to ensure that at least 25% of college work study funds are used to support public service opportunities instead of jobs in dining halls and libraries. This means they are trying to open up private and public sector roles so you can gain valuable work experience while in school. The opportunity may be there to even choose how to contribute your service to emerging Energy Technician or Green Job corps and get practical experience in fast-growing career fields.

Start exploring your possibilities today with Career Explorer.

By Laci Wright