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Graduating college later in life doesn't hamper income
Gallup

Despite delaying their college education, nontraditional college graduates -- defined as those who earn their degree at age 25 or older -- have personal incomes later in life that are similar to those of traditional graduates, or those who earn their degree before age 25.[READ MORE]

Black college grads more likely to graduate with debt
Gallup

Half of 2000-2014 black college graduates in the U.S. report graduating with more than $25,000 in undergraduate student loan debt. By comparison, 34% of recent white graduates report similar levels of debt, revealing a large borrowing gap between the races.[READ MORE]

Useful internships improve grads' chances of full-time work
Gallup

Work and internship opportunities in college that allow students to apply what they learn improve the chances that college graduates will land work after college. Seventy-one percent of the most recent graduates who strongly agreed they had these types of jobs or internship opportunities as undergrads are working full time now for an employer, compared with 56% of those who strongly disagreed.[READ MORE]

Student debt linked to worse health and less wealth
Gallup

An analysis of Americans who graduated college since 1990 shows that graduates who took on $50,000 or more in student loan debt, are less likely than their fellow graduates who did not borrow for college to be thriving in four of five elements of well-being: purpose, financial, community and physical. [READ MORE]

Useful internships improve grads' chances of full-time work
Gallup

Work and internship opportunities in college that allow students to apply what they learn improve the chances that college graduates will land work after college. Seventy-one percent of the most recent graduates who strongly agreed they had these types of jobs or internship opportunities as undergrads are working full time now for an employer, compared with 56% of those who strongly disagreed.[READ MORE]

5 Tips for finding a job with a start-up
Startup Professionals Musings

For those of you who want to get in on the ground floor of a new venture, but haven't yet worked up the nerve to start your own, begin with a job at a start-up. But first you should ask yourself if you are prepared for the realities. Working for a start-up is not a career choice, but more of a lifestyle. [READ MORE]

Student debt expected to exceed $1 trillion
NBC Today Show

TODAY's financial editor Jean Chatzky takes a look at the soaring student loan debt in America, which is expected to exceed one trillion dollars this year. [VIEW VIDEO]

Ten Things College Students Waste Money On
Forbes Magazine

When we made the decision to pay for my son's college education many years ago, we never expected the price of tuition to almost double just as he entered the University of California. To top it all off, the timing of his freshman year followed a decade of lackluster growth in his college fund. We are not alone as parents everywhere are struggling to help their children walk across the stage in the cap and gown to gain a coveted college diploma. [READ MORE]

Degrees That Get You Hired: Six In-Demand Degrees
Yahoo Education

Come graduation time, the English major, history buff, computer whiz, and business student all look alike in their caps and gowns. Their job prospects, on the other hand, look very different. [READ MORE]

Debt U
Zac Bissonnette

Debt Free U is a new book written by college student Zac Bissonnette. It's a great resource for prospective college students and their parents. Zac says college is about building a flexible foundation for your life, but acquiring a foundation of debt to pay for college is not the way to go. He also says the smartest kids in the U.S. are not those "at Yale," but those who attend community colleges, because they save so much money. [READ MORE]

Worst Reasons to Choose a College
www.collegedepot.com

Everybody chooses the College he/she attends for different reasons. Although you may choose your college for what you feel are the right reasons, beware of these "no no's" when it comes time for you to make your final decision. [READ MORE]

What students need to know about community colleges
Collegeboard.com

Students need to recognize that community college is college, and it requires prerequisite skills best gained in high school. While community colleges provide higher education for all, they nonetheless have standards that students must meet to advance academically. [READ MORE]

Summer Plans for Students
Collegeboard.com

Summer break is a perfect opportunity for your students to gain experience through paid or volunteer jobs, internships, and other summer activities—pursuits that can also demonstrate a student's sense of responsibility to college admissions officers. How can you help your students choose the most rewarding summer activities? [READ MORE]

Common Errors on Financial Aid Applications
Finaid.org

Making a mistake on the FAFSA can delay the processing of your application, because it takes an additional 2-3 weeks to process a corrected application. [READ MORE]

No Outsourcing Here: Jobs That Are Staying Put
by Kelly McCarthy, EarnMyDegree.com

For U.S. businesses seeking to cut costs, outsourcing is an increasingly popular practice. Jobs initially sent offshore were mostly manufacturing jobs, but nowadays employers are taking advantage of all types of cheap labor overseas. [READ MORE]

Nutrition Tips for College Freshmen
Yahoo Education & Peterson's

What is the purpose of eating nutritious food? Indeed, you'll look good. But while vanity as a motivator is perfectly acceptable, making your insides beautifully healthy is even more important, especially for college students. [READ MORE]

Consider a Career in Law
Yahoo Education & Peterson's

Have you always known that you wanted to be a lawyer? Or is becoming a lawyer in the back of your mind, something you might eventually consider? [READ MORE]

Why Start at a 2-Year College?
Yahoo Education & Peterson's

Among the students attending two-year colleges are a large number who began their higher education knowing they would eventually transfer to a four-year school to obtain their bachelor's degree. [READ MORE]

Your First Year of College: 25 Tips to Help You Survive and Thrive Your Freshman Year and Beyond
By Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., QuintCareers.com

The transition to college means starting with a clean academic slate. Learn the skills that will help you not only succeed in college, but also in your future career. [READ MORE]

College Tips for Nontraditional Students
By Kathleen Carmichael, Ph.D., FastWeb

Being a college student can be stressful enough, let alone being a nontraditional student who may have to commute and need a flexible schedule. Learn about scheduling courses that work for you and preparing yourself for continuing your formal education. [READ MORE]

Scholarship and Grant Tips for Nontraditional Students
By Jose Vasquez, FastWeb

Each life experience-positive or negative-is a lesson learned. Those lessons should be the theme in your scholarship essays and applications. Put your best foot forward and make your strengths shine through. You will be surprised at the effect it has on your applications... and your wallet! [READ MORE]