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22 rmmRS NOlE. Consumers need to be careful with thew college choices
24 W O T M B I Doaithe SAT MaUer? Opinlons fmm the College Board and Wake Forest
HOW TO FIX HIGHER EDUCATION
2 6 RECESSION I Rislng Prices, Shrinking Access. Publ~c an
univns~t~es struggling after
deep state budget cuts I
35 WUCYClUN6E I Would Privatization Help? Some state schools want mare control -
of thelr budgets .
3 6 R m N f l O N I Dmpouts Loom Lmfor Schwlr. Nearly half of students leaw without
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4 0 NEW OPllONS I D i ( h ~ n Roads to a Degae. Online education and three-year
Droprams spew tne path to a dlploma
I scholarshiix (or the U~~IIIDW. Some states are offering new .
44 INTERNATIMUL I What WOIIB in Britlin. U n i f i admissions, better financial aid, and
"gap years" make college easier m s
48 ADMISSIONS I The Real SfmW dA&li€~i~lr Sometimet, rejection is a bleuim,,,>L1
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50 lRMIIlffl IN m Days for HBeUa With histories of making do with less, black f:(r$?..
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colleges reconsider their role in higher education i,i2;,$F'
52 '~MrmGRrnllONI'Imm- DREAM d College. Undocumented immigrants aim for
54 6ENDER I New Class at WOinen'S Colleges. These schools are seeking mae dimity
56 lECHNOU6V I Twiner 60u, to Colle#e. Micro-blcgging can help students learn
58 PAYIN6 I mg a wmer Net In tough times, you have to tly harder to put together
the cash f a milegs
60 STUDEWT L M S I M a g the Beat Bargain. Tips far finding your best loan options
64 AIO MRMS I Help Wth the Papawoh The dreaded financial aid form gets simplified
66 N m O N O W I In-SWe ti& for (M-d-SWeSWent?j. Regional agreements make
it p i b l e to get a tuition bargain
68 1WQYEAilS I lhridefftial CommuniIy Collqps. A real campus experience for less
time and money
and thelr families go to college
7 1 m MIlWET I Tlm Bravim H.aWcan Irldllsln. How to work wur wav through collea
I 78 IMPROVEMENT I Upand-Caning Schods. T h e schwls are tops for innovat~on
8 0 OWORNYRY I A+ Schools for B Students. Gmd schwls for students with mtential
. P . in &i?ess and engineering
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E - I How Wa 00 tha Rankings. Rankings expert R o t 4 Mom explains our
c'systems foi omparing colleges
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