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“BCF Readers’ Forum” 1.28.15

Periodically, I use this space to respond to questions I have received via email or during programs. My intent in sharing both questions and answers is to provide insight into the college-going process and stimulate conversation that leads to informed decision-making with regard to educational futures. As always, your comments are very much valued. To [...]

“Terms that Matter When Assessing Cost and Affordability” 1.16.15

With the college admission process now moving at full speed, the inevitable questions with regard to cost and affordability are becoming much more real for families of applicants. While gaining admission to colleges of choice is certainly cause for celebration, the elation is short-lived when the candidate’s family comes face-to-face with the costs of attendance—costs [...]

“Getting Started: January College Planning Tips” 1.8.15

In many households around the country, the start of a new calendar year marks the start of the college planning process. After much holiday talk about possible college destinations, high school Juniors now gird themselves for the inevitable rush of activity that will culminate in college applications less than a year from now. And many [...]

“December 2014 BCF Readers’ Forum” 12.16.14

Periodically, I use this space to respond to questions I have received via email or during programs. My intent in sharing both questions and answers is to provide insight into the college-going process and stimulate conversation that leads to informed decision-making with regard to educational futures. As always, your comments are very much valued. To [...]


Campus Grotto

America's Most Expensive College Dorms

For the 2014-2015 school year, the average cost of room and board is priced at $9,804 for public colleges and $11,188 for private colleges. To no surprise, colleges in California, New York, and the Boston area charge a bit more and top the list of most expensive dorms. The highest-priced dorms can be found in New York, where students get to enjoy the conveniences of living in Manhattan and fabulous skyline views from high-rise dorms. Going to school in New York can be quite an experience for a first-year college student, but one that comes with a hefty price tag. Looking at tuition and fees alone, NYU ranks 57th in highest cost. However, when room and board is factored into college cos...

America's 100 Most Expensive Colleges

No two things are more stressful to a prospective college student than the question of getting accepted and determining if they can actually afford attending the school of their dreams. The cost of college is no joke, and is something we have tried to put a spotlight on since we started ranking expensive colleges back in 2007, as it is a troublesome debt many students will carry for years to come. The list of the 100 most expensive colleges by total cost (tuition + room & board + required fees) are all private and range from $56,000 all the way up to $65,000 per year. This is a significant jump in price from the average private university cost of $42,419 and (obviously) the average c...

College Search for Beginners

The college search process is long and grueling and often leads to some stressful decision making. Deciding on what college to attend can become an overwhelming experience, and for good reason. After all, there are hundreds of them across the country, all great schools for different reasons. Your first step is to take a deep breath and relax. You want to be completely in control and focused as you go on to make this decision. Here we’ll point you to some useful resources and cover some important topics to get you started in the college search process. In the end, it is you that makes the decision of where to attend college. Parents, teachers, counselors, college search books and websites...

Cool Dorm Room Ideas

When you first enter an empty dorm you may notice the room looks quite minimal and you can’t fathom how you and another roommate are going to live in this space for an entire year. Tiny dorm rooms with cinder block walls, florescent lighting, and little to no carpet come off a little institutional looking and are very uninspiring. While many colleges around the nation have made a push to design more luxurious dorms over the past few years, it's your job to transform your dorm room into a more livable space. This is your home away from home while you’re going to school, so you’ll want to add as much comfort and personality to the room as possible. Given the small size of the room, designi...



Continuing Education

50 Places to Get a Scholarship

Scholarships are the very best way to pay for your return to college, but where do you find them? We've got a list to get you started.

Money for College Is Available for Everyone....

Do you know these 10 facts about financial aid for non-traditional students? Money for college is available for everyone.

Be Creative - A Game for Adult Learners

Page three of Be Creative, a game based on Al Beck's Imaginative Symbol-Association, or I S-A (eye-say). Page 3.

What Is Asynchronous Learning? Synchronous...

What is asynchronous learning? What is the difference between asynchronous and synchronous learning?


The College Puzzle

Carnegie Unit Does Not Measure Student Performance Well

The Carnegie Unit: A Century-Old Standard in a Changing Education Landscape Today, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching released the results of its two-year study of the influential, longstanding Carnegie Unit and its impact on education reform in K-12 and higher education. The Carnegie Unit: A Century-Old Standard in a Changing Education Landscape, read more...

Community College Student Success: Research Based Solutions

The New Forgotten Half and Research Directions to Support Them Amid increased attention to the potential of community colleges to provide opportunities for young people, a new William T. Grant Foundation report examines the challenges facing community college students and outlines research objectives to increase their odds of success and improve the institutions that serve read more...

7 Useful Money Tips For College Students

By Jane Hurst Just because you are a college student, it doesn’t mean that you have to be the epitome of the starving college student. You may be looking around at your friends and classmates, and wondering how they can afford to wear nice clothing or drive decent vehicles. You may even be jealous, because read more...

Another Skeptical Report On State Performance College Funding

Washington State’s performance-based funding formula has failed to move the needle on community college student retention and completion rates, according to a new research paper. But officials at the state’s two-year college system are contesting the findings. (Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 14). Washington’s approach has been cited as one of the most promising performance funding approaches.


Cappex College Insider

42 Scholarships Expiring in February

Late winter is a very popular time for scholarship deadlines! That’s why there are many opportunities on this list of scholarships with February deadlines we’ve compiled for you below. Enjoy! 1. Playing With Purpose Scholarship Program Deadline: February 1      Award: $300 – $2,000 Must be varsity-level athletes in one or more sports 2. […]

Productivity Boost: Organizational Tips for Making Your Dorm Room the Study Safe Haven of Your Dreams

As a retired Resident Advisor, I can honestly say that I have seen an abundance of dorm rooms. Hundreds in fact. The good, the bad, the clean, the filthy—I’ve seen it all. And in my time, I have seen some truly ingenious ways to organize small spaces. Organization can be the key to determining whether […]

Join Us for Another FREE Financial Aid + FAFSA 101 Session!

Worried about how you’re going to pay for college? Cappex is here to help!   Cappex is hosting another online Financial Aid + FAFSA 101 Session, and it’s FREE for all interested high school students. This time, the session will be simulcast in both English and Spanish! You’ll get the scoop on all things financial aid, including: How to […]

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