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“Terms that Matter When Assessing Cost and Affordability” 1.16.15

With the college admission process now moving at full speed, the inevitable questions with regard to cost and affordability are becoming much more real for families of applicants. While gaining admission to colleges of choice is certainly cause for celebration, the elation is short-lived when the candidate’s family comes face-to-face with the costs of attendance—costs [...]

“Getting Started: January College Planning Tips” 1.8.15

In many households around the country, the start of a new calendar year marks the start of the college planning process. After much holiday talk about possible college destinations, high school Juniors now gird themselves for the inevitable rush of activity that will culminate in college applications less than a year from now. And many [...]

“December 2014 BCF Readers’ Forum” 12.16.14

Periodically, I use this space to respond to questions I have received via email or during programs. My intent in sharing both questions and answers is to provide insight into the college-going process and stimulate conversation that leads to informed decision-making with regard to educational futures. As always, your comments are very much valued. To [...]

“Life After the PSAT” 12.11.14

The middle of December is a time of important revelations for many young people as they apply to college. If you are a high school Junior, the chances are you will learn your PSAT result in the next few days. As momentous as this event (the unveiling of your scores) might seem, you need to [...]

Campus Grotto

America's Most Expensive College Dorms

For the 2014-2015 school year, the average cost of room and board is priced at $9,804 for public colleges and $11,188 for private colleges. To no surprise, colleges in California, New York, and the Boston area charge a bit more and top the list of most expensive dorms. The highest-priced dorms can be found in New York, where students get to enjoy the conveniences of living in Manhattan and fabulous skyline views from high-rise dorms. Going to school in New York can be quite an experience for a first-year college student, but one that comes with a hefty price tag. Looking at tuition and fees alone, NYU ranks 57th in highest cost. However, when room and board is factored into college cos...

America's 100 Most Expensive Colleges

No two things are more stressful to a prospective college student than the question of getting accepted and determining if they can actually afford attending the school of their dreams. The cost of college is no joke, and is something we have tried to put a spotlight on since we started ranking expensive colleges back in 2007, as it is a troublesome debt many students will carry for years to come. The list of the 100 most expensive colleges by total cost (tuition + room & board + required fees) are all private and range from $56,000 all the way up to $65,000 per year. This is a significant jump in price from the average private university cost of $42,419 and (obviously) the average c...

College Search for Beginners

The college search process is long and grueling and often leads to some stressful decision making. Deciding on what college to attend can become an overwhelming experience, and for good reason. After all, there are hundreds of them across the country, all great schools for different reasons. Your first step is to take a deep breath and relax. You want to be completely in control and focused as you go on to make this decision. Here we’ll point you to some useful resources and cover some important topics to get you started in the college search process. In the end, it is you that makes the decision of where to attend college. Parents, teachers, counselors, college search books and websites...

Cool Dorm Room Ideas

When you first enter an empty dorm you may notice the room looks quite minimal and you can’t fathom how you and another roommate are going to live in this space for an entire year. Tiny dorm rooms with cinder block walls, florescent lighting, and little to no carpet come off a little institutional looking and are very uninspiring. While many colleges around the nation have made a push to design more luxurious dorms over the past few years, it's your job to transform your dorm room into a more livable space. This is your home away from home while you’re going to school, so you’ll want to add as much comfort and personality to the room as possible. Given the small size of the room, designi...

Continuing Education

10 Steps to Writing Great Research Papers

Your assignment is to write a research paper. How? I'll walk you through the process in 10 steps. Writing research papers just got easier. Ready? Let's get started.

Why Adult Students Should Understand the Hero's...

Do you know the elements that make stories satisfying? Understand the hero's journey and get a better English grade.

Become a CNA in New York for Nurse Aide Jobs

Certified nurse assistants (CNAs) help registered nurses manage a variety of medical tasks related to patient care. This entry-level health career requires 130 to 160 hours of training and can be completed without a GED. With steady, strong job growth predicted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics through 2018, finding free CNA training or low-cost nurse aide classes at schools like Finger Lakes Community College makes sense for workers looking for job stability.

Ideas for Playing Would You Ice...

Need ideas for playing Would You Rather...? We have lists of them! This is a great classroom game for energizing students or inspiring conversation. Come on over!

The College Puzzle

New Book: Remaking College: The Changing Ecology Of Higher Education

Check out this new analysis of USA higher education    

Obama Higher Education Tax Proposals ; Views Of New America Foundation

President Obama’s AOTC Plan: The Good and the Bad Given the current state of higher education tax benefits, the president’s proposed changes to the American Opportunity Tax Credit are necessary improvements, writes Stephen Burd. But the tax code is still not the best way to achieve higher education policy goals, writes Ben Miller.

5 Reasons Why College Students Should Start Their Own Blogs

By  Melissa Burns These days it seems that virtually everybody has a blog: some do it for fun, others to occupy free time, still others to make money. It, however, doesn’t seem to be a very popular pastime among students – while they have better reasons for blogging than many others. Why? Let’s find out. read more...

Realistic Timelines And Capacity to Implement Common Core Needed

The real test of Common Core is about to begin Teachers need to be trained quickly BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD Of Sacramento Bee This spring, for the first time since its embrace of a new national road map for public school instruction, California’s students will take their first real Common Core tests. Brace yourself. The read more...

Cappex College Insider

Productivity Boost: Organizational Tips for Making Your Dorm Room the Study Safe Haven of Your Dreams

As a retired Resident Advisor, I can honestly say that I have seen an abundance of dorm rooms. Hundreds in fact. The good, the bad, the clean, the filthy—I’ve seen it all. And in my time, I have seen some truly ingenious ways to organize small spaces. Organization can be the key to determining whether […]

Join Us for Another FREE Financial Aid + FAFSA 101 Session!

Worried about how you’re going to pay for college? Cappex is here to help!   Cappex is hosting another online Financial Aid + FAFSA 101 Session, and it’s FREE for all interested high school students. This time, the session will be simulcast in both English and Spanish! You’ll get the scoop on all things financial aid, including: How to […]

New Year, New School: Why Transferring Colleges Might be a Smart Move

Transferring from your current college to a new one is a big deal, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t the right move. In fact, if it’s done for the right reasons, transferring colleges might be the best decision you make for your education and career. If you’re thinking about transferring colleges this year, check out this list […]

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