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Students from Middle-Class Families May Qualify for Free Tuition from Stanford

The 5 percent admission rate is another discussion.

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If you’ve got a quarter of a million dollars laying around, congratulations, you can probably afford to attend or send your kid on an all-expenses-paid four-year college education at Stanford—and a nice new car, to boot. But for those who can’t afford the estimated $230,000-plus in tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other supplies, the university may have just made getting that top-notch degree much more feasible for middle-class families.

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How to Find the Best (or Worst) Deals for College

A new site, the College Affordability and Transparency Center, gives users clear data about the true cost of higher education.

Forget the venerated U.S. News & World Report college rankings. The list that cash-strapped prospective students and their parents will really be paying attention to this fall comes from the government. On Thursday the U.S. Department of Education unveiled the College Affordability and Transparency Center, a new website designed to provide clear data about the true cost of college.

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A College Degree in Three Years? Why America Needs to Get on Board

Three-year degree programs save money and help students get on with their lives, but American students aren't signing up. They should be.

You'd think that given the spiraling cost of college, American students would jump at the chance to finish up school in three years instead of the typical four. With a three-year accelerated degree, parents have to fork over less cash for tuition and room and board, the family's loan burden is lighter, and students can get on with their career plans earlier. How does this not make sense? But despite the best efforts of both public and private universities to promote accelerated programs, students are sticking with the four-year college tradition. That's too bad because a three-year degree is a smart idea that we should be adopting.

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