Whether you’re beginning your search for an awesome college, working your way through the admissions process, choosing a major, accumulating credits toward graduation, transitioning into grad school, or getting on the path to a promising career, you have questions.
How do I know if a school is right for me?
What steps must I take if I want to transfer?
How in the world will I ever repay my student loans?
Lucky for you, we’ve got answers. We believe there are certain things that every student should know. After all, it’s your future. You probably want to pursue it armed with the knowledge to make informed decisions, enter intelligent investments, and take strategic risks. This is the impetus behind our ever-growing resource of topics. Over time, we’ll do our best to tackle every question that matters to you as you channel your ambitions into action.
Whatever path you take to further your education, we’ll keep you in mind. We’ll do our best to anticipate the questions you are likeliest to ask a teacher, parent, guidance counselor, admissions officer, or older sibling, and to answer them accordingly.
We may not be your teacher, parent, guidance counselor, admissions officer, or older sibling, but like them, we’ve been through it all. We’ve collectively navigated our way through college, grad school, the job market, and the unforgiving task of repaying our student loans. We’ve changed majors, transferred schools, and returned after time off for post-graduate studies. We’ve explored the benefits of community college, the risks of for-profit colleges, and the distinctions between public, private and state schools.
In short, we know the higher education landscape like we know our own backyards. Let us be your sherpa as you navigate an often uncertain and sometimes even perilous terrain. Every week, we’ll tackle another topic, which means that every week, this resource will continue to grow.
Naturally, our top priority is to answer actual questions that you have in real life. So if there’s a topic that we haven’t covered here—one that you think every student should know about—tell us about it. We’ll add it to the mix. In the meantime, check out the topics below and get wise!
There are a lot of ways to pay for college: scholarships, financial aid, juggling for loose change as a street busker. Granted, some methods are more common than others, though none so common as student loans.
If the concept of a student loan seemed kind of abstract when you were signing the paperwork, picking your courses, or taking advantage of the dining hall’s all-you-can-eat policy, it’s about to feel very real. But there’s no need to panic. If you approach repayment with a plan that fits your budget and needs, you can take on that debt at a pace that makes sense for you.
It’s the giant stack of textbooks you’ll be lugging back to your freshman dorm. If you feel like you just kind of got hosed for a bunch of your hard-earned money, we sympathize. College textbooks are crazy expensive.