Category Archives: Best Value and Finances

Dear Congress: Don’t Plunder the Current Pell Grant Surplus

Editor’s note: The following post is by Kate Tromble and Mandy Zatynski, writing for The Equity Line. The Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) 2014 estimates tell us one important thing about the Pell Grant program: It is sustainable — and it … Continue reading

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Merit Aid: Publics that Fund at least 50% of Freshmen Tuition and Fees

Thanks to the availability of a 2012 NY Times Table on Merit Money, we have identified the public universities that meet two criteria for providing non-need based merit aid to students: (1) at least 10 percent of freshmen receive the … Continue reading

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Kiplinger Best Value Universities 2014: Biggest Gainers Among Publics

In this post, we are analyzing the Kiplinger Best Values in Public Colleges rankings for 2014 to determine which universities have improved significantly over the 2103 rankings.  Improvement can mean that more financial aid is available, or that costs have … Continue reading

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U.S. News: Major Public Universities with Highest Freshman Retention Rates

Although the annual U.S. News college rankings are a cause of considerable controversy, the magazine is a source of excellent information.  One useful metric is that for freshman retention–the percentage of entering freshmen who return for the sophomore year. The … Continue reading

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New Washington Monthly Rankings: A Strong Resource for Families Earning $75,000 or Less

The new Washington Monthly rankings, like those in previous years, measure the “contribution to the social good” of universities–but this year’s rankings also include a “Best Bang for the Buck” list that ranks institutions according to their net cost to … Continue reading

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UT Dallas McDermott Scholars: An Exciting Free Ride for Four Years

Editor’s Note: The following post is from UT Dallas… The UT Dallas McDermott Scholars Program has selected 21 students to make up the 2013 incoming class. The entering cohort was chosen from nearly 1,200 high school students in 30 states … Continue reading

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Princeton Review 2013 Best Public Values: UVA, UNC Chapel Hill

The 2013 Princeton Review “Best Value” Public Universities list has changed somewhat from the previous edition, with the University of Virginia taking over the number one spot from UNC Chapel Hill, which is now ranked number 2. Below are the … Continue reading

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Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 Lists 18 Public Universities as Best Values

The Fiske Guide to Colleges has long been recognized for providing excellent and highly readable profiles of more than 300 colleges and universities, and this year the Guide also recognizes the best value institutions in the nation based on the … Continue reading

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New MSU Honors College Students: Why They Chose Honors

Editor’s Note: The following item comes from the staff of Michigan State University Today. Citing interests in research opportunities, study abroad programs and the flexibility offered by the Michigan State University Honors College, 20 top high school scholars have chosen … Continue reading

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The End of Affirmative Action in College Admissions: Bad for the Middle Class?

If the recent Supreme Court decision in Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin ultimately leads to a prohibition on using race-conscious factors in college admissions, one counter-intuitive result could be that middle-class applicants of all races may find … Continue reading

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