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Public colleges get the shaft

When it came time to pick a college, Thomas Ahrens just couldn't pass up the relative affordability of a University of Rhode Island education.
Fewer teachers. Bigger classes. More applicants. Huge tuition hikes. the outlook for Rhode island higher ed is bleak .
By MEAGHAN WIMS  |  February 25, 2009

Budgeting your time

There are two possible reasons Friday is the best day of the week for a college student.
For students, part-time jobs mean pocket money, freedom, scheduling conflicts, and stress
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  January 08, 2009

The holly and the miser

Let the current financial tsunami be a lesson to you, arrogant plebeian consumer: greed cometh before a fall.
You're suddenly poor; suck it up and be cheap
By KARA BASKIN  |  December 08, 2008

The devil in the details

It’s hard to imagine stopping to look at drawings that don’t coalesce till you let them pull you in and spin you around a bit.
‘Drawn to Detail’ and ‘Laylah Ali’ at the DeCordova, Esteban Pastorino Díaz at the SMFA, and Student Loan Art Program at MIT
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 28, 2008

MEFA madness

On July 28, news broke that the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority had fallen on hard times.
No need to panic over student loans. Just pay more.
By KARA BASKIN  |  August 13, 2008

February 27, 2008

By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  February 20, 2008

Educating inmates

By LANCE TAPLEY  |  February 06, 2008

How screwed are we?

At a time when most state budgets are flush with surpluses, Rhode Island’s fiscal house remains in disrepair.
Elected officials and pundits offer their take on rhode island’s budget predicament
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 28, 2007

School for scandal

Lending institutions have been buying the favor of sticky-fingered college administrators for some time now.
An Emerson College dean becomes the first Boston casualty of the national student-loan fiasco
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 27, 2007

Opportunity Maine — missing the target?

Why are college students leaving Maine after graduation?
By EMILY PARKHURST  |  April 04, 2007

Student loan scandal

Are students getting screwed, and will anybody stop it?
Is your college getting paid to steer you in the wrong direction?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 28, 2007

Young and dumb

Consider two mildly mythical Maine citizens.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  March 07, 2007

New year, new ideas

After weeks of Christmasing, the reality of a New Year has finally set in.
Stretching your wallet without tightening your belt
By TODD RICHARD  |  January 10, 2007

Schoolyard bully

Can you imagine the uproar if homeowners were suddenly unable to refinance their home with a different lender? Or worse, if they could not refinance at all?
Letters to the Boston editor: December 29, 2006
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  December 27, 2006

Manhandled no more

A few years ago, if you googled student-loan giant Sallie Mae and the word “lawsuit,” a live-journal blog called Southern Girl Babbling would turn up.
 Running with a PAC
By CATHERINE TUMBER  |  December 14, 2006

The unfaithful scholar

Perhaps you were lured by the promise of original Abraham Lincoln speeches (Boston College) or a castle (Emerson’s Kasteel Well, a 12th century landmark in the Netherlands).
Advice for transfer students, or how to dump your college
By JESS MCCONNELL  |  October 23, 2006

Federal anti-drug provision hits RI students hard

Rhode Island has been hit hard by an anti-drug law that bars college students with drug convictions from receiving federal grants and loans, according to US Department of Education statistics.
Drug wars
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  May 17, 2006

Second time around

If you are thinking of going back to school, you will want to do four things before making that commitment.
Meeting the high costs of going back to school
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  May 08, 2006

Quotes and numbers, April 7, 2006

33.3 Percentage of Four-year public-College students in Massachusetts who would have unmanageable student-loan debt if they took teaching jobs in this state.
Debt, guns, gas and more  
By  |  April 05, 2006

Q is for quagmire

In response to your recent coverage of the president’s policy in Iraq, I would like to point out that the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the 2006 Supplemental Appropriations Act which forbids the Pentagon from entering into any basing ag
Letters to the Boston editor: March 31, 2006
By EDITORIAL  |  March 29, 2006

No money, mo problems

There are more than 4000 degree-granting higher-education institutions in the United States.
Screwed students get heard
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 22, 2006

February 5, 2006

Pisces and Cancer may feel hospitable — with the waxing moon, new folks rather than old friends are appealing.
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  February 02, 2006

Higher calling

There’s one word that Philip Altbach really wants you to understand: massification .
Boston College’s Philip Altbach offers five ways to keep Massachusetts on top in higher education
By RICCO VILLANUEVA SIASOCO  |  January 25, 2006