Top-Dollar Degrees: Getting the Most for Your Money
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As the higher education landscape continues to change by the day, how are you supposed to get the most bang for your buck?
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS spent months searching for the answer to that question. In a three-part series, we aim to help families master the system.
In part one, Steve Tellier focuses on how to steer clear of the debt dilemma: Top-Dollar Degrees: How to Pay for College without Breaking the Bank
In part two, Steve Tellier focuses on how colleges are pricing out the poor: Top-Dollar Degrees: Changing Face of Financial Aid
In part three, Steve Tellier focuses on the parent trap and what happens when students can't pay off their loans: Top-Dollar Degrees: Top Dollar Degrees: Parents On Hook For Child's Student Loans
Resources for Avoiding the Debt Dilemma
The Institute for College Access & Success' "Project on Student Debt" website - Search by state and find average debt loads for each college and university in that state.
The Institute for College Access & Success' "Project on Student Debt" report
Minnesota Office of Higher Education's Cumulative Student Loan Debt in Minnesota, 2009-2010
Information on Minnesota's SELF student loan program
New America Foundation's "Undermining Pell" report
College Possible, a nonprofit organization that helps low-income students plan for and afford college.
Minnesota State College Grant Program
Minnesota Office of Higher Education's "Paying for College" program
Minnesota Office of Higher Education's "Financial Aid Estimator"
Average net prices for Minnesota's four-year colleges, by household income:
Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, 2011-2012 School Year