Prestige vs. Price: Does It Matter Which College You Attend?
Due to rising tuition costs, even students attending state universities are taking on sizable debt. Until what point does digging a financial hole now allow you to scale a golden mountain later?
What's the Latest Development?
A series of studies offer varying points of view on whether students should take on more debt to receive a degree from a more prestigious college. When institutions are evaluated according to the their renown and how much money their students earn after graduating, taking on additional debt typically yields a bigger paycheck. Another survey, however, suggests that which schools you apply to is a more important indicator of your future earning potential. In other words, if you're good enough to apply to Yale but don't quite get in, you're likely good enough to earn a Yale-sized paycheck.
What's the Big Idea?
With student debt set to surpass $1 trillion, some wonder if college loans are the next bubble to burst in the American economy. Even students attending public universities are now forced to take out loans to cover rising tuition costs. Colleges may see little need to reduce tuition hikes because students always seem to find ways to pay. Indeed, securing a massive student loan from a private bank is shockingly easy. The largest financial institutions have successfully lobbied lawmakers over the years to prevent student loans from ever being erased, not even through personal bankruptcy. As a result, banks have little incentive to screen candidates according to their ability repay the loans.
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How a cataclysm worse than what killed the dinosaurs destroyed 90 percent of all life on Earth.
While the demise of the dinosaurs gets more attention as far as mass extinctions go, an even more disastrous event called "the Great Dying” or the “End-Permian Extinction” happened on Earth prior to that. Now scientists discovered how this cataclysm, which took place about 250 million years ago, managed to kill off more than 90 percent of all life on the planet.
A new study discovers the “liking gap” — the difference between how we view others we’re meeting for the first time, and the way we think they’re seeing us.
We tend to be defensive socially. When we meet new people, we’re often concerned with how we’re coming off. Our anxiety causes us to be so concerned with the impression we’re creating that we fail to notice that the same is true of the other person as well. A new study led by Erica J. Boothby, published on September 5 in Psychological Science, reveals how people tend to like us more in first encounters than we’d ever suspect.
Using advanced laser technology, scientists at NASA will track global changes in ice with greater accuracy.
Leaving from Vandenberg Air Force base in California this coming Saturday, at 8:46 a.m. ET, the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2 — or, the "ICESat-2" — is perched atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, and when it assumes its orbit, it will study ice layers at Earth's poles, using its only payload, the Advance Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS).
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