It’s hard to imagine a college search expert arguing that all colleges are exactly the same. If that were the case, there wouldn’t be much need for college search guidance. Likewise, it seems crazy to argue that life in college should have no bearing on life after college. “What happens on campus, stays on campus”…Continue Reading In the College Search, ROI and Fit Have to Go Hand in Hand
There are lots of ways to assess a college fit. But today, growing uncertainty about whether a college degree will pay off has students and parents focused on good ole “bang for your buck.” Borrowing an old phrase from the world of finance, college search experts like to call it, “return on investment” (ROI, for…Continue Reading What is “TuitionFit”?
“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” -Mike Tyson That’s what getting that lack-luster financial aid offer from a kid’s dream college can feel like anymore – a punch in the mouth. In the past few decades, college tuition has jumped 1200%. Student debt now exceeds…Continue Reading Financial Advisors: Stop Guessing & Start Guiding
by Tucker Glotzbach and Mark Salisbury Like searching for a college, dealing with a financial aid office and working through financial aid problems takes agency and determination. Every financial aid office is different – colleges have different technology systems, different methods for dealing with students, and different people working in the office. As a result,…Continue Reading How to Judge a College’s Financial Aid Office
Personalize Your Paying for College Plan for All Four Years College is one of biggest investments of your life, so why are you just considering one-fourth of it’s costs? Can you imagine if your real estate agent only outlined 25% of the cost of house and asked you to make a decision about whether or…Continue Reading TuitionFit + Quatromoney = Paying the Right Price for Your College Degree
Google the phrase “assembly line education” and you’ll see that, for decades, folks have likened our education system to an assembly line in a factory. In some ways, this is a very useful metaphor. It highlights the regimented way that we expect students to develop, setting up a fair critique of our education system as…Continue Reading The Self-Defeating Metaphor that Corrupts the College Search
Unless you’ve had to fumble your own way through the college search process recently (as a student or as a parent), you might be tempted to discount stories of students graduating with crazy-high student debt as silly financial decisions made by naive folks. After all (you might ask), how could someone come out of college…Continue Reading How the College Admissions Process Can Stick You with a Higher Price