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  • Is College Worth the Effort Even if You Drop Out?

    Ideally, you'd finish your education. You'd graduate without debt. You'd land the job of your dreams. But life has a way of throwing us for a loop. Maybe you didn't have time to complete those degree requirements. Maybe an exciting job opportunity popped up in the middle of your academic career. You know what? That's totally OK. A new study says there's no such thing as a wasted education, whether or not you got the sheepskin to prove it.
  • Watch Out: Student Loan Rates are About to Double

    While college costs continue to mount, the rate of federally subsidized student loans is on track to double by July 1. That's if Congress doesn't act in time. Will lawmakers do something about it and come up with a spending plan? Or will millions of millennials get royally screwed?
  • Why College Is Still Worth the Cost (Even If You Never "Use" Your Degree)

    We have a serious problem: due to the high cost of education, many people forget that a good, well-rounded education is still worth the investment. Education shapes how we think and, therefore, who we are. Once earned, it can never be taken away.
  • 3 Scholarships for Math and Science Majors (Plus, a Neat Tool to Find Money for Any Other Major)

    Most career experts will tell you that picking a major solely based on money is a losing proposition. You might wind up with a well-paying gig after college, but you won't have much fun spending your money if you hate your job. Still, while money might not buy happiness, poverty certainly doesn't. If you're trying to figure out which major to pick, U.S. News' list of scholarships might sway your decision.

  • English Majors Can Earn Big Bucks If They Graduate From These Schools

    When a student decides to pursue a degree in English and/or Humanities, the initial reaction that most people have is, “Well, what will you be doing with that degree?” The question comes because unless you plan on being a teacher, the assumption is that the degree won’t translate into a career the way that a more specialized degree such as engineering, business, or computer sciences might after graduation. Of course, there is also the question of return of your investment after you have your degree. Will majoring in English and/or Humanities give you the best return on your investment financially?
  • It Makes Dollars, But Does it Make Sense? The Rising Cost of a College Degree

    The cost of college is at an all-time high, thus making the decision to attend (and the ability to afford) college a daunting one. With the "recovering" economy, soaring unemployment rates, and the terrible job market, adding school loan payments to the mix seems risky. Is earning (or having) a degree financially worth it in this day and age? Let's look at some recent data to find out.
  • Fortune 500 Companies Offer Training for College Credit

    Want to enroll in "Hamburger University?" Get a job at McDonald's, and you can! The fast food giant and several other major corporations offer training that can eventually lead to a college degree.

  • Cash Incentives, Plus Mentoring, Might Convince Some Students to Go to College

    A recent study from the University of California Davis and Dartmouth University found that coaching plus cash incentives can have "meaningful impacts" on students' decisions to attend college, as well as finish their degree. The catch? The impact was only noticeable on female students and recent immigrants. Male students who were native residents of the U.S. showed no variation in behavior.

  • Has College Outlived Its Usefulness?

    As the cost of college soars to unsustainable heights, its efficacy has been seriously called into question. Students now have direct access to employers, open-access online courses and a jaded outlook of "finding the right fit" when selecting a place to pursue their higher education. With so many colleges giving such a low return on investment, more people demand to know what they're actually paying for.
  • Debt the Deciding Factor in Choosing a College

    Back in the day, when life wasn't as ridiculously expensive, choosing a college meant considering the school's student life, culture, reputation and academics. With the sharply rising cost of education, that choice has come down to cold hard cash. The biggest question in the minds of students: How much debt will I graduate with?
  • Young America's Job Crisis

    U.S. youngsters are having a tougher time finding work than their counterparts in other wealthy, large economies. What's going on here? In the land of plenty, shouldn't young talent have a smorgasbord of job offerings to choose from?
  • 10 Valuable Lessons to Learn From Warren Buffet

    The guy became an investor at 11 years old, paid his way through college with profits from his childhood business and later became one of the greatest billionaire moguls and philanthropists of all time. Warren Buffet knows what he's doing.
  • Student Loan Reform: It's About Time

    The national student debt now stands at more than $1 trillion. It marked the first time in U.S. history that college debt outnumbered credit card debt. A bill making its way through Congress aims to help Americans better deal with that burden of college debt.
  • The Wall Street Journal Asks "Is Your Degree Is Really Worth It?"

    Navigating the path to higher education can be daunting. There are an overwhelming number of variables to consider, and finances usually sit right at the top of the list. The rising cost of education has ushered in an ongoing debate about how we measure the return on investment (ROI) of a college degree. The Wall Street Journal recently turned to PayScale’s data help guide college hopefuls through this process. The result is a handy interactive worksheet that allows you to calculate the ROI for any school you may be considering.

  • For the College-Bound, Are There Any Safe Bets? PayScale Joins The Debate

    There was a time when a college degree was a quick route to a long, stable career. Nowadays deciding what to study in college can become the difference between success and a lifetime as an over-educated barista. has long been a great resource to help students decide what to study and where to attend college – our College Salary Report, College Selector Tool and College ROI Report summarize what millions of people report earning, where they went to school, what they studied and what they did with their degrees. The New York Times recently invited PayScale’s Lead Economist, Katie Bardaro, to summarize our findings and help answer the question “Which majors and careers have a reliable “return on investment”?”.

  • The 5 Happiest, Healthiest Jobs in America

    If you want to feel good, both physically and mentally, you're better off being a doctor or a teacher than a transportation worker, according to a recent Gallup poll.

    The survey measured American's physical, emotional, and financial well-being by examining factors such as exercise, produce consumption, obesity, smoking, view of their workplace, and relationship to management.

  • Coursera Offers ACE Credits for 'Signature Track' Online Courses

    Sites like Coursera and the Khan Academy are revolutionizing online education, but a common criticism of these tools is that they often don't translate into real-life course credits. Coursera's brand-new Signature Track aims to change that.

  • Does Grad School Pay Off? [infographic]

    It's a no brainer that having a bachelor's degree in today's market is essential for becoming a successful professional. However, there are many graduates who want to stand out and are wondering if seeking higher education is the answer. Does grad school pay off? This infographic explores the statistics.

  • 3 Reasons to Skip Graduate School

    There are plenty of reasons to go to grad school. For some careers, advanced degrees and the credentials that go with them are the price of entry. Other jobs rely on connections that are best made in academia. But a graduate degree isn't a panacea. Just ask Ron Rosenbaum, who left Yale to become a writer, first at local weeklies and then, eventually, at Esquire.

  • Who Will Win the College Salary Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl?

    How are you planning on spending January 1st? Maybe you'll eat piles of those delicious foods that you promise never to eat again (at least for the rest of the year). Or maybe you'll while away the first day of the new year with some football. After all, the first day of 2013 marks the beginning of the college bowl season.

    But what if the victor was chosen based on salary potential, rather than touchdowns? Who would win the first two contests, the Rose Bowl and the Orange Bowl?

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