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Antioch College Recovers from Bankruptcy, Reopens After Three Years

Antioch College LogoAfter three years of closed doors, one Ohio liberal arts college is now open. Antioch College, located in Yellow Springs, closed down after financial troubles led them to file for bankruptcy. Luckily, in 2009, an alumni group purchased all of Antioch’s assets to rebuild the school.

The school will officially be back in business on October 4 with 35 students. These freshman were selected from a pool 145 applicants. This first freshman class will have their full four-year tuition paid for them by the interest earned on Antioch’s $25-million endowment.

“We’re ready for them,” said Hassan Rahmanian, vice president for academic affairs. “We’re excited.”

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How to Pick a College That Is Best for You

decisionAttention high schoolers: picking the right college for you is a huge decision, and it’s never too early to start narrowing down your choices.

There are roughly 4,300 colleges in the U.S., so it’s no surprise that college-bound students struggle to find a place to receive higher education. Finding the right college can be stressful, especially if you’re deciding between several colleges. Before you lose your cool, check out some of these tips that will help you narrow down your choices:

Choose between a big or small school: Size makes a big difference in your college experience. If you liked going to a small high school, choosing a liberal arts college with a population of less than 4,000 may be the way to go. On the other hand, if you felt like you couldn’t really branch out at your high school, choosing a large state school could be right for you.

Decide if moving away from home is best for you: Moving away from home for college is a great way to gain a sense of independence, but not all college students are ready to leave the nest. If you’re already self-sufficient, going to an out-of-state school should be no problem. But if you are a person who works best with warm familial support, consider finding a college that is close to home. Read the rest of this entry »

Liberal Arts Colleges: More Affordable than you Thought?

Liberal arts colleges have a great deal to offer, like small class sizes, great teaching, personal attention, a strong sense of community. But with a yearly price tag of anywhere between $25,000 and $45,000, is a liberal arts college education something beyond your reach?

Maybe. But maybe not. Here’s the secret many students don’t know about liberal arts colleges: many of them offer very generous financial aid packages. These come in the form of both needs-based and merit-based scholarships, both of which are awarded in addition to student loans, work study, outside scholarships, and other forms of outside financial aid. In many cases, the price of a liberal arts college can actually be comparable or even cheaper to the price of a state school!

Don’t believe me? Here’s an example: Allegheny College, a terrific liberal arts college located in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Tuition, room, board, and fees run students a whopping $40,000 a year. Eek! However, very few students actually pay that much to attend Allegheny. About a third of all students receive a merit-based scholarship of $12,500 a year. In addition, the average need-based award for freshmen is about $18,000 a year. So if a student is eligible for the merit-based scholarship and the average need based one, suddenly Allegheny College costs less than $10,000 a year. Not cheap, but the student can make up some of the rest of that with loans and other kinds of financial aid.

Of course, this doesn’t apply to everyone who attends Allegheny—and you may not get such a sweet deal at the liberal arts college of your choice. But if you’re interested in this type of school, don’t rule it out—especially if you’re a strong student and/or a student with a good deal of financial need. Apply to a number of small colleges, and take the time to visit them, as these schools often want to meet with you to see if you’re a good fit. When those fat envelopes come in the mail, you may find yourself pleasantly surprised by the price tag.


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