What Colleges Provide the Maximum Return on Investment? This List Has the Answer

valueCappiesLogoIt’s been said time and again: You can’t put a value on a good education.  But in the year 2014, that maxim is under more and more duress. College is expensive, and there’s just no getting around that any more.

Consider the numbers:

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the average tuition at U.S. four-year colleges is $22,261 per year. At some schools, that figure can go as high as $60,000 a year. Furthermore, that’s a figure that’s only rising, not decreasing. Student loans are a whole separate issue. Today, U.S. students owe about $1.1 trillion in loan repayments. That’s more than our current credit card debt.

So what are students getting, exactly, for all that money? A high price tag can sometimes put more stress on students who may feel the need to justify the cost of his or her four years. They may think:

At Cappex, we prefer to focus on what you are getting for the hard-earned money you’re about to spend. College costs aren’t limited to just tuition. There’s room and board, expenses, and other unforeseen costs.“I just got a C+ on my econ mid-term, and if my parents find out they will hit the roof. They just wrote another huge tuition check.”

With that in mind, our brand new The 2015 Cappies™ list is called “Best Value Colleges.” It takes a look at 25 schools that offer the biggest bang for the buck. Some schools are taking truly innovative measures to ensure that graduates come out after four years with solid job prospects and little to no debt. The top schools as determined by our reviewers are highlighted here.

In this new list, you will find colleges who have earned a sterling reputation for their outstanding academics and affordability. They provide what students determine to be a quality education (such as Holy Cross, SUNY, and the U.S. Naval Academy, among others). Furthermore, their tuition rates are comparatively low, and they provide generous financial aid to those students in need.

This marks the third category covered by the Cappies™, with three more to go. Over the next few weeks, we’ll also announce student rankings for the Hardest Colleges, Best Colleges for Activities, and Best College Dorms. Stay tuned for announcements on that front, and in the meantime, please share this blog with an interested friend (or two).

Original Post Date: October 28th, 2014

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22 Scholarships Expiring in November

thankfulNovember’s a time to be thankful. It’s easy to be thankful for our family and friends, but it’s also important to remember to be thankful for the opportunity to pursue an education. Take advantage of that opportunity by applying for a few of these scholarships with deadlines in November!

1. Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program

Deadline: November 1      Award: $1,000 – $30,000
Must submit an essay and a recording on the topic, “Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future”

2. HubShout Online Marketing Scholarship

Deadline: November 1      Award: $1,000
Must be working toward a business or marketing career that will involve online marketing

3. Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Student Essay Contest

Deadline: November 3      Award: $50 – $300
Must write an essay on a given topic related to diversity in America

4. George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest

Deadline: November 3      Award: $250 – $1,000
Must submit a piece of artwork portraying a North American game bird or animal that can be legally hunted or trapped

5. AGC Education and Research Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

Deadline: November 3      Award: $2,500
Must be majoring in construction or construction-related engineering

6. Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Deadline: November 4      Award: $1,000 – $5,000
Must have made a difference through volunteering

7. Intel Science Talent Search Awards

Deadline: November 12      Award: $1,000 – $100,000
Must present a scientific report about research of their choosing in the areas of science, math, engineering, and/or medicine

8. Maryknoll Essay Contest

Deadline: November 14      Award: $150 – $1,000
Must submit an essay on the topic, “Have courage. Go forward. Make noise.”

9. PBA Sally Beauty Scholarship

Deadline: November 14      Award: $1,000
Must be pursuing a career in cosmetology

10. EESC STEM Poster Contest

Deadline: November 14      Award: $50 – $200
Must be Hispanic students currently enrolled in an eligible degree program

11. James Alan Cox Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: November 15      Award: $2,500
Must be student photographers

12. American Indian Services Scholarship

Deadline: November 15      Award: varies
Must be Native Americans enrolled in college

13. Bill Kane Scholarship

Deadline: November 15      Award: $1,000
Must be enrolled in a health education program

14. Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards

Deadline: November 15      Award: $10,000
Must be women who provide the primary financial support for their family

15. AAHD Scholarship Program

Deadline: November 15      Award: $1,000
Must have a documented disability

16. Delphix Technology Scholarship for Women

Deadline: November 16      Award: $5,000
Must be women pursuing a technical degree (science, mathematics, information technology, etc.)

17. First Freedom Student Competition

Deadline: November 17      Award: $2,500
Must submit an essay or video examining the history and current-day relevance of religious freedom

18. Center for Alcohol Policy Analysis Essay Contest

Deadline: November 17      Award: $1,000 – $5,000
Must submit an essay on a given topic related to prohibition

19. DefensiveDriving.com Scholarship

Deadline: November 21      Award: $1,500
Must submit a video about defensive driving

20. Out to Protect Scholarship

Deadline: November 28      Award: $500 – $1,000
Must identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or a straight ally, and be pursuing a career in law enforcement

21. Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest Scholarships

Deadline: November 28      Award: $500 – $2,000
Must participate in the annual duck calling contest in Stuttgart, Arkansas

22. Academic Publication Program Scholarship

Deadline: November 30      Award: $5,000
Must develop and submit an idea for high-quality, high-volume software for public use

Find these and thousands more scholarships on Cappex!

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Original Post Date: October 23rd, 2014

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How to Deal with Feeling Homesick in College

Categories: College Life

college-student-depressionThere’s no doubt that college is exciting, but along with that excitement can come feelings of uneasiness and discomfort in your new routine. For students who move away for school and leave the familiarities of home, the transition can be especially challenging. Now that the school year is in full swing and the newness of college life has worn off, it’s not unusual for students to start feeling homesick. So what should you do when all you want to do is go home?

Get Out of Your Dorm Room

When you’re feeling blue, it’s easy to get into the habit of isolating yourself in your dorm room. Remember that your room is just a room, so try to make the entire campus your home away from home. Explore campus, try out new study and dining spaces, or join a student organization that interests you. If you have any qualms about doing things on your own, try to get over those as soon as possible. You won’t have the same schedule as your friends and won’t always be able to coordinate meals or activities. It’s important to keep healthy and active, so don’t always settle for mac and cheese in your room when your friends aren’t around to go to the dining hall.

Make a Plan for Your Next Visit Home

When you’re missing your family, your friends, or even just your bed, keep in mind that you will be going back. Plan a special activity or outing for the next time you visit home so you’ll have something to look forward to. Do call home when you need to, and planning something fun for your next visit will help keep conversations positive. If you’re already worried about coming back to school after a break at home, try this trick: right before you leave, rearrange the furniture in your room (with permission of any roommates of course). When you return to campus, you’ll have a fresh start.

Explore the Community Off Campus

When campus doesn’t feel like home, it can feel claustrophobic and it’s easy to develop negative feelings towards it. Remember that you aren’t trapped on campus, and an outside world does exist. Take opportunities to explore the surrounding community, especially when you’re missing home. You may find new things that remind you of the comforts of home, or just remind you how exciting it is to explore a new place. Check your school’s transportation webpage for information on getting around town.

Open Up

Don’t be afraid to speak up about your feelings. It may seem like everyone else has fully acclimated to college life, but more likely than not, many of your peers are feeling homesick too. Talking about it with new friends or your RA may be awkward, but it’s a great way to form bonds and find others you can team up with to overcome your feelings. Homesickness in college is normal, especially during your first year, but if your symptoms won’t go away or are getting worse, reach out for help. Professionals in your school’s counseling office have experience working with homesick students and may be able to share some advice and techniques with you.

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Original Post Date: October 21st, 2014

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