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Updated: 09/27/2013 2:34 PM
Created: 09/22/2013 9:24 PM | Print |  Email
By: Scott Theisen

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"

General Resources

National Center for Education Statistics' College Data Portal

Minnesota Office of Higher Education Main Page

U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid Website

The College Board Advocacy & Policy Center

Average net prices for Minnesota's four-year colleges, by household income:

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, 2011-2012 School Year



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