Lots of college application deadlines are looming. Feb. 1 is the last day to apply to dozens of great colleges, including the University of Michigan, Indiana University, and University of Wisconsin. Here’s a list of some top colleges and their deadlines. MONEY
More than 800 college programs flunk this new affordability test
The federal government found that more than 800 career-oriented programs—training everyone from accountants to veterinary assistants—produce graduates with so much debt that their student loan payments eat up at least 12% of their income. MONEY
The latest numbers show where it pays to apply early...
Nick Anderson at The Washington Post has started keeping track of the admission rates at a handful of elite colleges. They show that the admissions rates for early applicants at some elite colleges, such as Williams, are much higher than they are for regular applicants. MIT, however, is a different story. Washington Post
...But maybe early admission programs aren’t a good thing
The executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation—one of America’s most generous providers of scholarships—has just called on the government to end early decision and early action admission programs. The fall application deadlines— some as early as Nov. 1—amount to “affirmative action for the wealthy,” writes Harold O. Levy at Inside Higher Ed. The problem is, he says, they give advantage to students with parents sophisticated enough to help their kids assemble winning applications so early in senior year. Inside Higher Ed
Another governor pushes for free college.
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo proposes two years of free college. Earlier this month, New York’s governor floated a proposal for free college for anyone from a family earning less than $125,000. Inside Higher Ed
How to make your kid an investing genius
A few lessons from the school of Mom and Dad can literally pay big dividends in your child’s financial life. MONEY
What your and your kid’s resumes should look like in 2017
Lots of good advice from experts on the surprising formats that wow employers. MONEY