Proof that panhandlers are richer than we think?

Proof that panhandlers are richer than we think?

Video games with honest names, part 2: The EA CD-ROM Classic “You can’t cut back on funding” (applies to public transportation, education and everything else)

Video games with honest names, part 2: The EA CD-ROM Classic “You can’t cut back on funding” (applies to public transportation, education and everything else)

Economist’s View: Bush Tax Cuts & Wars Major Drivers of Projected Government Debt
Video games with honest names part 1: “Pay off your debt” for Nintendo Wii

Video games with honest names part 1: “Pay off your debt” for Nintendo Wii

Hmm, really?

by Giuseppe Mathis

Watching your economic situation worsen, there will be numerous to offer you a word of guidance along with their sympathy. The courses of action suggested will number as significantly as the number of sympathisers. This confuses the individual rather than offering recourse. In the following write-up, assertive arguments have been presented to show how debt consolidation, as a strategy of debt settlement, is the finest obtainable strategy in the UK. The methodology utilized by the loan providers to settle debts has also been explained in a comprehensive manner.

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Here’s your #Highered degree: Now go chase your dreams, never mind that chain around your neck…

Here’s your #Highered degree: Now go chase your dreams, never mind that chain around your neck…

America’s future? Tamara Draut, author of Strapped: Why America’s 20- and 30-Somethings Can’t Get Aheadspeaking at the Failure of Conservatism Conference in 2007. Tamara was is one of the many interviewed for the upcoming film, DEFAULT: The Student Loan Documentary.

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“College degree earners have flat-lined compared to the previous generation.  Yet think of all the costs that have outpaced…Now if they are earning a lot less than their parents are at this age, how the heck are they getting along?  Well, one main coping mechanism is they are going into a lot of debt.”

Check out Tamara Draut speaking at the Failure of Conservatism Conference in 2007. Tamara was is one of the many interviewed in our upcoming film, DEFAULT: The Student Loan Documentary.

Tamara Draut is the Vice President of Policy and Programs at Demos. She is the author of Strapped: Why America’s 20- and 30-Somethings Can’t Get Ahead published by Doubleday in 2006. Her research and writing focuses on the growing economic insecurity, rising indebtedness, and declining opportunity that now characterize American society.


College is kind of like that sometimes. So I’m grateful to have my parents’ help. -kennygwang

College is kind of like that sometimes. So I’m grateful to have my parents’ help. -kennygwang

Moving back home? Student life in times of crushing loan debt

Moving back home? Student life in times of crushing loan debt

A true Nova Scotia vision for post-secondary education

[International Differential Fees are covered under the 3% cap on tuition increases. Only in the case of “unique circumstances” can universities appeal to the NS Minister of Labour & Adv Education to get an exemption to the cap. This unspecified appeals process is not exclusive to Intl. Differential Fee increases, but those fees are the only known case where Dalhousie University is trying to bypass the provincial cap. Authorities among Dalhousie student representatives report that the “unique circumstances” clause is a dedicated loophole to effectively deregulate International Differential Fee increases. Dalhousie is selling the increase to intl students with “improved services”, it is unclear how this constitutes any kind of “unique circumstance”. The same source suggested a different background to the loophole clause: While the NS government does not fund intl students’ university education in general, they provide “some” amount of funding for intl students up to a 10% fraction of the full student population, ostensibly to attract highly qualified students in accordance with the provincial NS immigration strategy. Since the Intl student population at Dalhousie is currently at 11% and expected to grow in the near future, the loophole clause allows Dalhousie to recover additional revenue from the growing number of Intl students. The university and provincial government successfully obfuscated the clause and process: One month after the Dalhousie Board of Governors approved the additional Differential Fee increase and ordered the uni administration to appeal to the Minister, it is still unkown when and how the appeal will be brought forward, and what exactly is behind the “unique circumstance” clause. -Editor’s note]

By CHRIS FERNS - May 19

What the new Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ report on post-secondary education offers is precisely what the present government lacks — namely, a vision for post-secondary education (PSE) in this province that goes beyond mindless cost-cutting.

What it makes clear is not simply the inequity involved in transferring still more of the burden of the cost of education onto the young, but just how shortsighted is the policy of reducing investment in post-secondary education, when post-secondary education is in fact part of the solution to our economic problems, not part of the cause.

We know the economic benefits of attracting out-of-province students, who come here not just to visit but to live. It is estimated that for every dollar the government invests in international students, the province receives an economic return of more than three dollars — yet the government’s policy on tuition fees allows for increases for international students well in excess of the three per cent cap proposed.

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EDUCATION chiefs at Middlesex University have been slammed by student representatives after announcing they will charge £9,000 a year in tuition fees – the maximum allowed under controversial new government legislation.

According to Manoj Kumar Iyer, the president of Middlesex’s student union, the higher fees will deter social mobility in places such as Enfield as fewer people from poor backgrounds will choose to go to university to avoid being crippled with debts. The university’s management claims that because of a new £80million art and design centre opening in October they have decided to charge students, who currently pay £3,290 per year, the maximum.

$54,500

Is roughly what I owe in student loans just for UNDERGRAD at Saint Leo University. This is without counting interest already earned or interest that will be added every year.

The question is: do I feel like it was worth it?

The answer is: not even close.

-amanfromearth

Really powerful information about the college tuition bubble and how it isn’t working. It’s long but I think everyone needs to know this stuff and pass the info along. The scam can’t last forever, let’s speed up the end!

And yeah they make their agenda kinda obvious in the last 5 minutes but the rest is still great info.

Actually with more research Inflation.us seems to be a bit of a scam site. So take what they say with a grain of salt. There’s still a lot of hard info in this regardless. Just comes from an unfortunate source. -kouotsu

I wonder how much of this is confirmation bias or post-purchase rationalization. -simsian

Recent developments in Higher Education, Part 2: Canada, US & beyond

Campus Confidental - 100 startling things you don’t know about Canadian universities. 1. Graduation Rates Report Card
http://communities.canada.com/vancouversun/blogs/reportcard/archive/2011/05/12/telling-secrets-out-of-school.aspx

Tuition fees worrying Canadian parents
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/the-hot-button/tuition-fees-worrying-canadian-parents/article1744095/

According to a new national survey, two-thirds of Canada believe that post-secondary education has become too expensive. These days it costs about $60,000 to send a child to university for four years (and much more if you’re dreaming of med school). And the poll, conducted by the Bank of Montreal, found that only 21 per cent of families with children under the age of 18 are confident they can afford it.

US & beyond

"Kick Out Sodexo" Coalition at University of Washington - 25 UW studentsarrested at sit-in over vendor
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2015028965_sodexocaption12m.html

Class of 2011: More Debt Than Ever
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/alpha-consumer/2011/05/11/class-of-2011-more-debt-than-ever

It’s official: This year’s class graduates with a record amount of debt. The Wall Street Journal reports that total student loan debt taken on by parents and students adds up to an average of $22,900, 8 percent higher than last year. That’s scary stuff, especially considering how hard it is for new grads to find jobs right now.

For-profit colleges seeking students at homeless shelters
http://www.npr.org/2011/05/12/136238528/for-profit-colleges-targeting-people-who-cant-pay?&sc=fb&cc=freshair

For-profit colleges are making billions of dollars in profits by targeting vulnerable populations with misleading promises of low-cost tuition and jobs after graduation, says Bloomberg News investigative reporter Daniel Golden.

Education Is the Last Thing on Their Minds
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/12/opinion/12thu3.html/?_r=1&src=tptw

The for-profit education industry complained of excessive regulation last fall when the Obama administration issued new rules intended to curb abuses at profit-making colleges and trade schools. But lawsuits brought by whistle-blowers with firsthand knowledge of the industry make a strong case for why tough rules are needed.

"Evidence of the true cost of educational funding cuts" http://shitmystudentswrite.tumblr.com/

We Need Higher Ed Uncut
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christopher-newfield/we-need-higher-ed-uncut_b_859973.html


The challenges facing undocumented students in US: High School Soccer star deported to Mexico after title match
http://timesfreepress.com/news/2011/may/11/whitfield-county-soccer-star-must-leave-country-af/

If the Southeast Whitfield Raiders win their game tonight against top-ranked St. Pius X of Atlanta, Bernabe Rangel will play for the Georgia Class AAA soccer championship Saturday.
Two days later, the standout midfielder for the Dalton, Ga., high school will be deported to Mexico.
“I’d love to stay here. Who wouldn’t?” said Rangel, a four-year starter for the Raiders. “Some of the teachers ask me if I’m scared, and I’m not. They worry, but I tell them that God’s always there.”
Rangel will be deported three days before his 19th birthday.


When a Student’s First-Choice College Is Out of Financial Reach
http://chronicle.com/blogs/headcount/when-a-students-first-choice-college-is-out-of-financial-reach/28205

This spring Natasha van Doren, the mother of a prospective Southern New Hampshire University student, wrote an e-mail to Paul LeBlanc, its president. Her daughter, Mariah Mann, had fallen in love with the
campus, she wrote, but there was a problem: Money was tight, and if Ms. van Doren sent in the needed $500 deposit, she would have only enough left over to pay half of her monthly rent. Ms. van Doren and Mr. LeBlanc traded several e-mails.

8 Alternatives to College
http://www.businessinsider.com/8-alternatives-to-college-2011-1

Massachusetts Attorney General’s office scrutinizing for-profit colleges
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2011/05/12/mass_ag_scrutinizing_for_profit_colleges/

Our Growing Higher Ed Crisis: Making Myths In the Basement of the Ivory Tower
http://www.themillions.com/2011/04/our-growing-higher-ed-crisis-making-myths-in-the-basement-of-the-ivory-tower.html