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Will You Default on Your Student Loans?

An often talked about factor when the government and industry leaders evaluate the performance of higher education institutions is the student loan default rate. But what is this metric? Why does it matter? And should you consider it when doing your own college search?

What Is a Student Loan Default Rate?

The Student Loan Default Rate is a metric that totals how often students from a particular institution “default” or stop paying their loan back for a significant period of time. The rate is calculated as a two- year average, so it only applies to students who default on their loans within two years of leaving or graduating from a school. This is an important statistic because it can indicate whether the degree from the institution is overvalued or overpriced. If students are defaulting at a higher rate than the national average, this may imply that a degree from that institution is possibly too expensive to pay back with the jobs that are available to graduates.

September 5, 2016

Test Out of Your College Classes, and Save Yourself Thousands of Dollars

If you’re going to college and you have a few entry-level courses to knock out of the way, you might want to consider taking a challenge exam instead.

In the simplest of terms, a challenge exam is like a high school AP test: It’s designed to assess whether a student understands the basic concepts that would be taught in a traditional college classroom.

If a student can achieve a predetermined score (generally established by the American Council on Education), the student can completely bypass their prerequisite courses and accelerate to a higher credit level within their college curriculum -- the end result being thousands of dollars worth of savings.

September 5, 2016

Cheap College Credits: How to Save Money and Get the Same Degree
Is the financial burden of college getting you down? Do you stay up at night, worried about how you will afford tuition and wondering whether the cost of the degree will be worth it?

These days the cost of college is rising significantly faster than inflation. Student debt far exceeds credit card debt, nationally and per household. As such, most students and their families have the cost, up front and in the future, of higher education on their mind. Fortunately, there are money-saving ways to earn college credits before enrolling at your dream school.
September 5, 2016

We are Proud to Announce our 2016 Top Graduate Schools

We are proud to announce a new initiative here at SR Education Group:! Through this new site, we're releasing the 2016 Top Graduate Schools. Since 2012, we've been collecting reviews of graduate programs around the country and we've used those 50,000 student reviews to create annual rankings. This year, in an effort to help prospective students get valuable quantitative feedback from alumni, SR Education Group has published over 35 distinct rankings covering both traditional and online programs. There are 32 program-specific Top Graduate Schools lists for campus-based schools and 7 program-specific Top Online Graduate Schools lists.

June 29, 2016

GradReports Releases the Top 100 U.S. Colleges by Student Choice

GradReports just released the Top 100 Colleges by Student Choice; a ranking of the most desired schools in the country. Unlike most conventional rankings, the Top 100 Colleges by Student Choice was generated based on objective, trusted data: it considers the acceptance rate as well as the enrollment rate for every school in the United States. The new rankings on GradReports aim to showcase schools that students are actually choosing, not just the institutions with the lowest acceptance rate.

March 11, 2015

The Power of Long-Term Thinking

Last week, I read an article on MSN titled, "Do You Have the Lazy Gene?" The article went on to describe how certain people have a genetic predisposition for physical activity.

The article was based on a study conducted at the University of Missouri where ten generations of rats were bred to be either "super runner" rats or "couch potato" rats. At the end of the study it was concluded that runner rats ran 10 times as much as couch potato rats -- the only physical difference between both breeds being their genetic markers.

April 25, 2013

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