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Search Engines

College Navigator
A college search engine from the U. S. Department of Education. It provides detailed information on colleges and universities including financial aid histories and graduation rates.

MeritAid.com
A search engine that breaks down the merit-based financial aid programs offered at colleges.  This information is self reported so I recommend using this as a guide only.  Check with the individual colleges for the most up to date information.

Teacher Cancellation Low Income Directory
Various Federal Student Loan Programs allow for loan cancellation for teachers working in schools that have a high concentration of students from low-income families. This directory list public and private nonprofit elementary and secondary schools designated by the U.S. Department of Education as serving a high concentration of students from low-income families.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics profiles hundreds of occupations and describe What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay, and more. Each profile also includes BLS employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.

 

Student Loan

StudentLoans.gov

This site is your source for information from the U.S. Department of Education about how to manage your student loans. It is also the portal for Stafford Loan Entrance Counseling and signing your Master Promissory Note.

National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)

Access information about your student loans and/or grant data through the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).

Student Loan Repayment Plan Options

Work with your loan servicer to choose a federal student loan repayment plan that’s best for you. To make your payments more affordable, repayment plans can give you more time to repay your loans or be based on your income.

Federal Direct Consolidation Loans

Only student loans made through the Federal Direct are eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Income Contingent Repayment (ICR) options. This is the site for consolidating your student loans into the Federal Direct Lending Program thereby becoming eligible for these programs.

 

Savings Bonds

Calculate the value of US Savings Bonds
Find out what your bonds are worth with this online calculator. The calculator will price Series EE, E, I bonds, and Savings Notes.

Request to Reissue US Savings Bonds
The U.S. Treasury form (PDF 4000) used to reissue incorrectly titled EE savings bonds.

 

Scholarly Research

Estimating the Payoff of Attending a More Selective College
Attending an academically elite college does not necessarily boost your earnings potential compared to a less elite college, according to this study by Princeton University economist Alan Krueger.

Diplomas and Dropouts/Which Colleges Actually Graduate Their Students (and Which Don't)
The alarming fact that fewer than 60 percent of new students graduated from four-year colleges within six years is brought to light in this research paper by The American Enterprise Institute (AEI). This report documents the dramatic variation in graduation rates across more than 1,300 of the nation's colleges and universities, even between those with similar admissions criteria and students.

 

Counter Point to College

What is Education For?
"College is not for everyone", says Charles Murray, AEI's W. H. Brady Scholar, "and guidance counselors and parents would do their charges a favor to tell them this." In this transcript from his September 2008 lecture, Mr. Murray discusses why getting a college degree may be the wrong economic decision for many high school graduates.

Some Debt-Laden Graduates Wonder Why They Bothered With College
"Is College Worth It?" John Stossel of ABC News examines the question in this thought provoking video on the value of a college education.

 

 

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