What colleges really want: well-lopsided applicants
Too many high school students and parents buy into the myth that colleges give admissions edges to “well-rounded” applicants with lots of activities. Actually, colleges prefer “well-lopsided” students—those who are passionate about and deeply committed to a few activities or topics. Here’s smart advice from a college counselor on how students can sell their “edginess” to colleges. MONEY
How should you balance saving for retirement and college?
Financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz ran the numbers to show that parents who can save for both retirement and college are best off in the long run. But how much should you apportion to each? Here’s one expert’s advice. MONEY
Two reasons your college bills are so high: athletics and Greek life
There are many reasons college costs keep rising. Some of them are surprising. For example, participating in a fraternity or sorority can be much more costly than just living in a dorm. One recent example of the costs of Greek life that’s getting a lot of attention: a sorority that apparently spent big bucks on a slick recruiting video that looks more like a vacation ad. There’s no actual studying displayed. And at some schools, such as the University of Cincinnati, athletics adds more than $1,000 a year to tuition and fees. Inside Higher Ed
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