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    LRAP to Provide “Salt” Resources to all Students & Alumni

    LRAP News February 9, 2017

    LRAP ASSOCIATION AND AMERICAN STUDENT ASSISTANCE PARTNER TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL EDUCATION AND CAREER ADVICE TO COLLEGE STUDENTS AND ALUMNI NATIONWIDE LISLE, IL (February 9, 2017) – LRAP Association is pleased to announce a new partnership with American Student Assistance® (ASA), a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating finance as a barrier to higher education. Under the agreement […]

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    Courtney’s Story – A Path to College

    Students and Families Testimonials December 15, 2016

    Struggling to find a way to pay for her education, Courtney Zellar realized that student loans were going to be necessary if she wanted to attend her first-choice college. But federal loans wouldn’t be enough and Courtney was forced to explore additional loans through private lenders. Private loans required a parent or guardian cosigner—something that […]

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    Helping Grads Get on their Feet

    College is Worth It Industry News October 6, 2016

    Nearly half of recent college graduates are underemployed (i.e. working in positions that don’t typically require a college degree), according to new research published by the New York Federal Reserve. But that doesn’t mean they’re all baristas — or working in other low-skilled occupations. 44.6% of recent grads are working in positions that don’t require a college degree, […]

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    College Drives Homeownership (Even with Debt)

    College is Worth It Industry News May 26, 2016

    It’s become quite popular to blame student debt for holding back young adults’ abilities to own homes. But the debate on student debt and homeownership tends to err in focusing on the detriments of student debt, rather than the benefits that come with having a college education. Of course, debt being in and of itself burdensome is — […]

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    This Financial Literacy Month, Help Students Help Themselves

    College is Worth It Industry News Students and Families April 21, 2016

    April is financial literacy month, but unfortunately, it looks like financial education is arriving too little too late for millions of student loan borrowers. According to recent figures, of the nearly 22 million Americans with federal student loans, 43% are in default or behind on their student loan payments, representing over $200 billion dollars at […]

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    Why Study English?

    College is Worth It Industry News January 22, 2016

    The past few years have been pretty rough on the English major. About 50,000 students earn bachelor’s degrees in English annually, comprising only about 3% of all college graduates nationwide. This is a sharp decline from 45 years ago, when the share of English majors was closer to 8%. To put it mildly, faculty in English […]

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    Questioning the Barista Myth

    College is Worth It January 18, 2016

    Paying for college can seem daunting considering the seemingly endless stories of college graduates burdened with incredible amounts of student debt. But are these anecdotes really representative of the norm? Economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York don’t think so. Jaison Abel and Richard Dietz – who have researched the topic of higher education for years – found that while […]

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    College is Still Worth It

    College is Worth It Industry News December 17, 2015

    The value of a college degree is well–documented, but new research from Goldman Sachs appears to further fuel the college-value debate. The findings estimate that today’s college graduates, on average, don’t “break even” on the costs of a bachelor’s degree until age 31 – a full year longer than it took the Class of 2010. […]

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    Graduates’ Workplace Advantage

    College is Worth It December 11, 2015

    It comes as little surprise that the Great Recession had a significantly negative impact on employment opportunities. The peak of the downturn’s effect on underemployment occurred in 2010, when about 10% of college graduates were considered “underemployed” (i.e. unemployed, working part-time or not seeking employment), according to a study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education […]

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    Why You Should Go to College, in 2 Charts

    College is Worth It December 10, 2015

    Just how much is college worth? About twice as much as it was in the 1960s, according to the latest Economic Report of the President. One of the topics examined by the annual White House publication was the college wage “premium,” which serves as an indicator of the economic value of a college degree. This […]