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The Changing Face of the College Student

Campus of St. Olaf College, at Northfield, Minnesota, United States. (Credit: Daniel Edwins)

Campus of St. Olaf College, at Northfield, Minnesota, United States. (Credit: Daniel Edwins)

Not long ago the typical college student was under age 25, single, and without children. The college years meant dorm living, new freedoms, and transitioning to life without the constant presence of parents. Getting a degree was possible in four years because students focused mainly on their coursework. Although many held part-time jobs and participated in social events, these took second place to getting a degree.

Today’s college student is more than likely to be over age 25, hold down a job, and have a family. Read more

College tuition and fees continue to rise

What does it cost to get a college degree?

The job market has always been competitive, and in the current strained economy, it is even more so today. A job seeker needs every edge possible to leap to the top of the resume pile, and a college degree might just be your ticket to rising above the competition.

Studies show that, even in today’s tough job market, college graduates consistently earn more than their non-degreed counterparts. However, the cost of getting a degree has risen steadily, making many potential college students wonder if going into debt is worth a better paying job. Read more