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Step 2 of the College Search

As discussed earlier, the process of beginning the college search entails more than looking in your backyard and picking a school based on your favorite team. In Part 1, the search process began with looking at the size of the school. Having determined the size of school that will meet your needs, it's then time to look at the next factor.

Step 2: Setting

Just as looking at size entails a great deal of thought, the category of setting is also important. Like many students across the nation, those of us in the Triangle, and all of North Carolina, are fortunate to have a plethora of excellent schools to search from. However, determining which school to look at requires consideration into its setting.

With thousands of schools to choose from across the nation, the choice of setting can range from remote to urban. The setting of the school does NOT indicate the size or caliber of a school. Dartmouth is located in a remote area of New Hampshire; the commute from the closest airport…

Step 1 of the College Search

Now that the holidays are over and students are in their second semester of classes, it's time for high school juniors to really focus on the college search. But before you start getting out the maps and making reservations though, it's important to make sure that your college search contains a list of schools that are truly a fit.

Living in an area that is home to some of the nation's best universities, it can be difficult to look beyond your back door, especially when those schools happen to be amongst the best values in college educations nationwide. However, it is crucial to a student's academic success to do your homework and really look at what you want in a college education, before you jump straight to choosing a college based on its perceived ranking.

Step 1: Size
In determining what size school you want to attend, it's important to understand the difference between a college and university. A college typically focuses on undergraduate education, awarding o…

Duke University to get a head start on participating in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program

Duke University recently announced that they will begin participating in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program next fall. One of the few private universities that practices a need-blind admissions policy, Duke has a history of continually striving to increase financial aid to its students.

The Federal Direct Student Loan Program is funded by the US Department of Education. It provides loans for education after high school, including the well-known Stafford and PLUS loans. Currently, Duke participates in the FFEL (Federal Family Education Loan) program. Student Aid on the Web makes the following distinction between the two programs:

"Under the Direct Loan Program, the funds for your loan come directly from the federal government. Funds for your FFEL will come from a bank, credit union, or other lender that participates in the program. Eligibility rules and loan amounts are identical under both programs, but repayment plans differ somewhat."

Duke's motivation in switchi…