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It’s Good to Be Shifty. Young People Should Be Cautious About Going to College

“It’s good to be shifty in a new country,” Huckleberry Finn observed in Mark Twain’s most famous novel. What does it mean to be shifty? I think Twain meant that people should be cautious in a strange environment and suspicious about entrusting their safety and wellbeing to strangers–not to mention their pocketbooks. You will be … Read more

Congratulations for Being at a College You Didn’t Apply At.

Surely you remember Woodie Allen’s famous observation: “I’d never join a club that would allow a person like me to become a member.” That’s kind of like the situation with college admissions. Some schools are admitting new students even though they didn’t apply! A couple of companies have launched services that allow college shoppers to … Read more

College Grads Fail Miserably at Way Overestimating Starting Salaries

A recent study of college students preparing to graduate found that students suck at trying to estimate income and make plans for life after college. Respondents in this study felt confident their starting salary was going to be $103,880 but the average salary was actually $55,260. Oops. Of the students surveyed, 31 percent felt they … Read more

The Slumification of American College Towns

The Slumification of American College Towns

In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, cotton production was a staple of America’s Southern economy. Even today, the United States is one of the world’s largest exporters of cotton. But cotton has some problems. Grown year after year, cotton depletes the soil. Before commercial fertilizers became available, cotton growers simply grew cotton on a … Read more

FTC Opens the Door to More Defense to Repayment Claims for Student Loan Forgiveness

The FTC made the announcement below that seems to open the door for students with federal student loans to explore the possibility of applying for a Borrower Defense Loan Discharge. The Federal Trade Commission put 70 for-profit higher education institutions on notice that the agency is cracking down on any false promises they make about … Read more

College Students Are Paying For Stuff at School They Don’t Need

Perhaps the most inane car insurance commercial ever aired is one by Liberty Mutual: “Only pay for what you need.” Apparently, Liberty Mutual wants auto drivers to believe that it is the only insurance company that allows customers to buy car insurance tailored to their needs. But doesn’t every insurer do that? Nevertheless, the slogan … Read more