$10,000 College Degree in Texas – January 14, 2013

14 Jan

Last year, Texas Governor, Rick Perry announced that State of Texas offer $10,000 undergraduate college degrees. It sounds like a savior from a heaven to lighten financial burdens of prospective students. I wanted to know more. How can they do it? The average State college in nationwide costs about $8600 per year. In summary, $10,000 undergraduate college degree program combines credits from some high school classes, community colleges, and 4-year colleges. What is new then? Many students have already gone or are going through this path – finish AA degree at community college and then transfer to 4-year degree in order to save money.

My take is that State should educate students well prepared before college. Then many students will be able to graduate from college, on time.

Happy New Year!

2 Jan

Do you think that your State can manage college education?

My answer is, unfortunately No. From admission policy to budget management, I am disappointed with public 4-year colleges. Under the name of diversity, State run universities have been admitting many academically insufficient students. The result is half of students in public universities won’t graduate. I hope State will emphasize K-12 education to make students well prepared before starting college. 

Senator Paid off Student Loan Debt – Dec 6th, 2012

6 Dec

Senator Marco Rubio from Florida has just paid off his student loan. He had $150,000 loan while he was in law school. In his case, he had written a book, “An American Son” and the proceeds of the book helped him pay off his student debt. He graduated from a law school and passed a bar exam, and then has become a senator. Writing and selling the book was a bonus to pay off the student debt faster. But reality is that many people won’t finish school – about 50% of public college students, at the same time accumulate an enormous amount of student loan debt.

Is it just an issue of college affordability or something more complex such as college admission policy?

College for everyone ? – Nov. 25th, 2012

25 Nov

Do you think everyone should go to college? College used to be for few elite. Having a college degree was a big deal – prestige and true intellect. Now having a college degree is becoming a mainstream and common for many people.

So what differentiate people with college degrees from people without them? Why do you want to go to college? Why did you go to college?

College Football – Nov. 18th, 2012

18 Nov

Colleges receive money from various sources such as:

  • State funding
  • Federal funding
  • Private donation
  • Research funding
  • Endowment and investment
  • Tuition from students
  • Football ticket sales and other associated sales including school football shirt, etc.

College Football has become a huge part of college for publicity and money. Do you think college football gets too much emphasis on college reputation and priority?

Funding for Graduate Students – Nov. 15th, 2012

15 Nov

Graduate students have less competition receiving free money for college. Professors get paid from conducting research in addition to teaching classes at colleges.  They manage and supervise their research but actual works are done by their graduate students. The most of them prefer graduate students who work 24/7. My advice to present or perspective graduate student is as follows:

  • Take a class and impress a professor by asking questions beyond his/her class assignment,
  • Get to know a professor and be friendly,
  • Ideally before starting graduate school, you might want to talk to a professor you like to study with, and
  • Invest your time to research a professor what research s/he has (Some professors are really good at receiving a lot of research money).

I once had a professor telling me to take a loan while I was in a graduate school. If you hear a professor advising you to borrow money, don’t walk but run away from him/her!  There is always some research money somewhere. Don’t borrow any money to go to graduate school.

Extended College Application for Early Decision and Action – Nov. 2nd, 2012

2 Nov

If you have missed Early Decision (ED) or Early Action (EA) deadline, you may be in luck. Many schools including Harvard, University of Michigan, and Yale have extended undergraduate admission deadline for Early Decision and Early Action because of the Hurricane Sandy. Extended deadline for ED/EA varies depending on each college. Here are some examples.

Stanford U November 5, 2012
Harvard U Flexible – Attach a supporting document explaining your situation due to the Hurricane Sandy
U of Chicago Flexible – Attach a supporting document explaining your situation due to the Hurricane Sandy

NY Times has a list of ED/EA deadline for select schools. http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/31/colleges-extend-early-admission-deadlines/

Their list is not exhaustive. Please find out the new deadline for a college you intend to apply. Some colleges require some documents as well. Most colleges I looked at, their website states the new deadline for ED/EA. Some Twitted.

Good luck and turn in your application ASAP!