Strike Debt challenges student loan debt crisis

It may seem like it’s been awhile since Occupy Wall Street took over town greens and camped out in front of businesses to protest the rising gap between the wealthy and the 99%.

The group Strike Debt takes on the issue of student loan debt. (Credit: Occupy.com)

The group Strike Debt takes on the issue of student loan debt. (Credit: Occupy.com)

But while the movement has largely disappeared from the headlines, a spin-off group known as Strike Debt, which previously purchased medical debt and forgave it, has continued to work on behalf of those who can’t afford the rising costs of their debt repayments. That includes recently graduated college students who are facing what many media outlets consider a student loan debt crisis. Read more

What you need to know about student loans for college

The fall semester of college is just around the corner and applying for student loans may be on your to-do list. But in the flurry of filing paperwork are you thinking about how the student loan repayment will affect you in the future? Probably not.

It's important to read the fine print when filing for student loans. (Credit: Collegescholarships.org)

It’s important to read the fine print when filing for student loans. (Credit: Collegescholarships.org)

By the time you graduate your student loan balance may be pretty large. It’s going to take a student loan calculator to help you figure out what you can afford to pay and how long to pay off the loan. Here are a few things you need to know about student loans and how it affects your life. Read more

How to become an entrepreneur while still in college

You don’t have to worry about facing a tight job market after college if you know how to start your own business now. Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone, but if you like calling the shots and taking some chances it may pay off big time.

One successful entrepreneur, Mark Zuckerberg, started Facebook in his dorm room in 2004. (Credit: Business Insider)

One successful entrepreneur, Mark Zuckerberg, started Facebook in his dorm room in 2004. (Credit: Business Insider)

How to be an entrepreneur? Start off by looking at successful entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg, who started his business while attending Harvard. Let’s take a look at what you can do to start your business now. Read more

Need to know tips for a great college life

The prospect of heading to college in the fall as a freshman is scary enough, but if you can prepare yourself just a little bit for what you’re getting yourself into, you’ll be much more relaxed. Read on to find out some things you need to know about college life!

A description of how college life is portrayed by different parties. (Credit: College Candy)

A description of how college life is portrayed by different parties. (Credit: College Candy)

Financial life

You’ve likely heard of FAFSA, but have you filled out your application? Read more

Are you eligible for the Pay As You Earn plan?

On June 9, 2014, President Obama signed an executive order that will make it easier for millions of young borrowers to repay their federal direct student loans.

The Pay As You Earn plan will help relieve student loan payers. (Credit: Deviant Art)

The Pay As You Earn plan will help relieve student loan payers. (Credit: Deviant Art)

With average student loan debt hovering around $30,000 per student and total student loan debt outpacing total credit card debt, borrowers will welcome the new ‘Pay As You Earn’ repayment program. Under the program loan, payments change based on your income and family size. Read more

8 things you need to know in college

For the newbie and the senior, college is a strange world unto itself. It’s either a playground with no rules and no parents, or it’s Life 101.

There are many things you need to know before and during college. (Credit: StudentStuff)

There are many things you need to know before and during college. (Credit: StudentStuff)

Whatever stage of college life you’re in, here are some need to know study tips for college, and advice for navigating the college years and coping with stress. Read more

Vote for the best “Instructor for a Day” video

Students were asked to submit a short video to YouTube that answers the question, “How would you engage your students?” if they were the instructor for a day. By creating a one- to two-minute video, students showed us what they would do to get fellow students engaged and involved in the learning process — and, boy, did they show us their creativity skills!

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The results are in…it’s time to vote for your favorite!

We received over one hundred entries, and narrowed the field to 10 student finalists! Visit Cengage Learning’s Instructor for a Day homepage to view the 10 finalists’ videos. The video with the most votes will receive a $1000 scholarship, and 5 runners-up will receive $500 each.

What to look for when voting

A panel of independent judges factored in the following criteria when selecting the finalists. You may also want to keep these criteria in mind when voting:

  • Originality and creativity
  • Overall appeal
  • Quality and completeness of answer to “How would you engage students?”
  • Creativity
  • Memorability
  • Audio/visual quality
  • Overall impact

Show your support for these talented students – you can vote up to once per day until voting closes on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

For more information, visit Cengage’s Instructor for a Day contest page.

Enter the “Instructor for a Day” Video Contest!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to reverse roles with your instructor? What might you do differently (or even the same!) to make your students more engaged? This dream of yours has a chance of coming true, along with a $1,000 grand prize scholarship, with Cengage Learning’s “Instructor for a Day” video contest.

Students are asked to submit a short video to YouTube that answers the question, “How would you engage your students?” if you were the instructor for a day. Read more

Nominate Your Instructor for CengageBrain’s Greatest Professor Award!

Nominate Your Instructor for CengageBrains Greatest Professor Award!Show your appreciation for your favorite college instructor! Nominate your instructor for the CengageBrain Greatest Professor Award and we’ll create five honorary $500 scholarships in their name!

Why should you nominate your instructor? It’s a win-win! You recognize your instructor’s achievements with a nomination, we will recognize your gesture by automatically entering you to win one of three $50 Visa gift cards!

Here are the details… Read more

Things college students need to know about federal student aid and FAFSA deadlines

Be sure to educate yourself on any and all financial aid options you are eligible for. (Credit: www.LendingMemo.com)

Be sure to educate yourself on any and all financial aid options you are eligible for. (Credit: www.LendingMemo.com)

With the cost of a college education rising each year, you’ll want to take advantage of all the federal student aid that you can qualify for. Spring means that you may be filing for aid and meeting your FAFSA deadlines for submitting paperwork. Now is a good time to review a few of the important points about student aid.

FAFSA deadlines

FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It’s the form that begins the process of qualifying for Federal student aid. New FAFSA forms are issued each January. You can get yours from your financial aid office or by going to the official FAFSA site. Read more