Student Loan Debate in Washington
May 24th, 2013 by Jonathan Frankel

congress154107887As the country prepares for the Memorial Day holiday, many student loan holders have their eyes on a July 1st deadline that, without Congressional action, will allow interest rates to jump from 3.4 to 6.8 percent for millions of subsidized Stafford loans. Though neither Republicans or Democrats believe that rates should be allowed to double in July, they remain divided over a solution to the problem. And so was born the student loan debate in Washington. Read the rest of this entry »

Who Can Be Your Cosigner for an International Student Loan?
May 17th, 2013 by Jonathan Frankel

200309878-001Though international students may at first consider the State Department’s student visa application to be their first and last step when it comes to studying in the United States, they will soon discover that there other hurdles to overcome before they can begin their studies in the US. The reality is that funding can be an obstacle not only to be admitted into the university or college but also once the degree program has begun. When it comes to funding college, many students typically rely on personal wealth, university funding (such as scholarships), and student loans. While it’s important for students to find funding they don’t have to pay back, some students will turn to international student loans to help cover their funding gap. To do this, however, you should ask yourself who can be your cosigner for an international student loan? Read the rest of this entry »

Budget-Friendly Food Tips for College Students
May 1st, 2013 by Jonathan Frankel

food1356094Benjamin Franklin, America’s great sage, may have said that death and taxes are life’s only certainty but to that list we humbly suggest you add college and food. After all, the value of a college education is at an all-time high in today’s increasingly competitive job market and, well, you have to eat. Just because prices for both are likewise at all-time highs, however, does not mean you are consigned to a diet of ramen and water! Here are few budget-friendly food tips for college students looking to make their student loans goes the distance: Read the rest of this entry »

Philanthropist Funds New Chinese Scholarship Program
April 25th, 2013 by Jonathan Frankel

13_stephen_schwarzman_01Stephen Schwarzman – chairman of the Blackstone Group, a U.S.-based private-equity company – believes that most Americans “know next to nothing about China.” His new Chinese scholarship program, however, hopes to change that. The new program – which was endowed with a $100 million donation from Mr. Schwarzman’s personal fortune and should be matched by an additional $200 million from outside sources in the coming months and years – will enable students to pursue a one-year master’s degree at the Beijing-based Tsinghua University. The university, which is the alma mater of many of China’s top leaders and among China’s most prestigious, will offer graduate-level programs in public policy, economics, business, international relations, and engineering as early as 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Eating on a Budget
April 11th, 2013 by Jonathan Frankel

sandwich with money133532223College students come in all shapes and sizes these days but one concern unites domestic and international students alike: money. While financial concerns are a matter of course in all walks of life, international students do face unique challenges while pursing their higher education goals. That is because in addition to the academic demands faced by all students, these international students must often deal with restrictions on their ability to work and rely on international student loans to make ends meet. Still, anyone can benefit from these money-saving tips for eating on a budget. Read the rest of this entry »

English Language Institutes benefit from International Student Skills Gap
January 22nd, 2013 by Jonathan Frankel

shutterstock_103924526No matter their name – be they schools, centers, or academies – English language institutes have seen an astonishing surge in student enrollment in the new millennium. While part of this rise is no doubt due to the ever-growing demand for English language skills in general and the overall uptick of international students in the US in specific, two intersecting factors are accelerating this increase still further. Read the rest of this entry »

Conditional Admission
January 15th, 2013 by Jonathan Frankel

shutterstock_59439031Much to the delight of many would-be international students, the college admissions process is no longer a black and white affair. Indeed, given the ever-increasing contribution that international student enrollment make to both the campus diversity and bottom line of colleges and universities in the US, more students than ever are finding that the answer is not yes or no – but maybe.

Driven in part by the increased competition for international students among American institutes of higher education, more and more flexibility is being applied to admissions criteria. Thus, instead of relying purely on a student’s performance in secondary school or on a proficiency exam, such decisions are being made by holistically evaluating a combination of factors. If a given student’s English proficiency test scores fail to meet the establish benchmarks, then, an offer of conditional admission may be extended instead. Read the rest of this entry »

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