June 15, 2021


The Observer view on the cost of scrimping on education spending | Observer editorial

Sometimes, a single decision reveals a multitude of failings and so it was with the government’s announcement last week that it would be making just £1.4bn of education catch-up funding available. This is less than a tenth of what was recommended by Sir Kevan Collins, the education recovery “tsar”, and a fraction of what some other governments are investing in post-pandemic education catch-up. The rejection of his comprehensive and evidence-based package of extra support for children and young people prompted Collins’s resignation, accompanied by an attack on the government’s “half-hearted approach [which] risks failing hundreds of thousands of pupils”.

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What is a 3-year college degree program and how much does it cost?

College students looking to step on the accelerator can do so with three-year academic programs. (iStock)

Heads up, college students — current and future. If you’re interested in graduating ahead of schedule, you might consider a three-year college program. 

By shortening your collegiate cycle by one year, you’ll not only graduate sooner but you’ll also get into the workforce faster and start earning money. However, you’ll have to accelerate your study habits.

“Three-year college programs, also known as accelerated degree programs, are not for everybody, as they are more intense,” said Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of the website, Private

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India, Brazil and the human cost of sidelining science

A COVID care centre in New Delhi. India has been recording 400,000 cases and more than 3,500 deaths a day from COVID-19.Credit: Imtiyaz Khan/Anadolu Agency/Getty

Last week, Brazil’s total death toll from COVID-19 passed 400,000. In India, the pandemic is taking around 3,500 lives every day and has prompted a global response, with offers of oxygen, ventilators, intensive-care beds and more. Although these two countries are thousands of miles apart, the crises in both are the result of political failings: their leaders have either failed or been slow to act on researchers’ advice. This has contributed to an unconscionable

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Dear Abby: Cost of college may be obstacle to daughter’s dreams

DEAR ABBY: My daughter was accepted at a college of her choice in Pennsylvania that offered loads of grant money. Our out-of-pocket is about $6,000 if she gets a Stafford loan or works this summer to help with the $4,500 that would be the loan. My husband is insisting on a community college, which she doesn’t want to attend. He constantly cites the fact that our house is in foreclosure and that he owes money to the IRS for his business, which is why things can’t be.

I think our children should be able to do things if they’re workable.

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An Invisible Cost of College: Parental Guilt

Many of us put our heads in the sand when it comes to confronting the cost of college for our kids, and I’ve spent the last several years trying to figure out why.

Sorting it out is a personal finance challenge of the highest order, given that the retail price of a four-year degree from many selective, private institutions has sailed past the $300,000 mark. Even at some state schools, the bill for four years of tuition, room and board can run to more than $100,000. And while it is tempting to throw up our hands and bet on financial

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