4 (Possible) Reasons Tuition Is So High These Days

The high cost of college tuition is a problem. In the last few decades, it's become increasingly important to have a college degree in order to achieve a relatively secure financial standing and a modest degree of job security, but at the same time, the cost of higher education has skyrocketed. If we are ever going to find a way to solve the problem, we must first begin to understand how and why tuition has gotten so high.

3 Ways Colleges Are Wasting Your Money

Want to get mad? If you have ever attended or plan to attend college, take a look at a Ted Scheinman's recent Pacific Standard article, entitled How Colleges Misspend Your Tuition Money. The URL, which includes the phrase "pay for decent teachers, not Dr. Phil," gives the first hint of what lies ahead. Hint: it's not a sound investment in teaching staff, but if you've talked to any underpaid, untenured adjunct faculty lately, you probably already knew that.

5 Tips on Choosing a College: Confessions of an Art School Grad

By now, we probably all know someone who struggles with student loan debt or job woes. Many of us young folk went to college hoping to make our dreams come true, only to find ourselves saddled with enormous debt and no job prospects. Young grads are still having trouble nailing down that first professional job, and many people aren't working in the industries they trained for. It wasn't exactly a walk in the park for older people either, whose careers went kaput and they had to go back to school or get new training. Stories from the Great Recession are many among us.

American-Sized Student Loan Debt for Australians?

Australians have found themselves in the middle of a debate not unlike the ongoing dispute in the U.S. over the cost of higher education. This year, the Australian government unveiled a proposal that would allow universities to raise tuition without any regulatory restraints. Officials say the changes would make schools more competitive, but opponents believe college in Australia will become unaffordable.

Starbucks Offers Free Online College Classes to Employees

Want to get that bachelor's degree you’ve always wanted, but couldn’t afford? Become a barista. The Starbucks Corporation announced Monday that it's going to finance online degrees for employees via Arizona State University. The Starbucks College Achievement Plan, the first of its kind, will be available to U.S. Starbucks employees working at least 20 hours a week.

Free Community College — But at a Cost

How much is a free two-year degree worth? That's the question facing the state of Tennessee. Gov. Bill Haslam's "Tennessee Promise" program offers to pick up community college tuition bills for anything other aid doesn't cover -- at the cost of about $1.1 million of scholarships to four-year schools.

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.