Debt for College Hits 70% of Graduates

Most graduates in the Class of 2013 left campus with more than a diploma. Nearly 7 out of 10 also had student loan debt. The average amount: $28,400, up 2 percent from the debt of those who graduated a year earlier. That’s according to a report by the Project on Student Debt at the Institute for College Access & Success, a California-based advocacy group that has been tracking these figures for nine years. >> Hidden College Expenses Education debt is a growing concern …

University President Takes Salary Cut to Help Minimum-Wage Workers

Raymond Burse believes in spreading the wealth. The interim president of Kentucky State University is giving up more than $90,000 of his annual salary to boost pay for the school’s minimum-wage employees. “This is not a publicity stunt,” Burse told the Lexington Herald-Leader. “You don’t give up $90,000 for publicity. I did this for the people. This is something I’ve been thinking about from the very beginning.” Thanks to Burse’s generosity, lower-paid workers will immediately see more money in their …

A Teacher Who Walked in Her Tiny Students’ Shoes

You can say that Chris Cook is living her past every day. But it’s helping her to prepare a generation for tomorrow. This week, Cook, 49, welcomed nine children to her kindergarten class at the Milton Hershey School, a private boarding school on 2,640 acres in Hershey, Pa. The chocolate titan of the same name started a trust in 1909 to found the school for kids from families in financial and social need. It still covers all expenses of the …

Lessons from the Bullying Video That Went Viral

The following is a guest post from Bill Hogan, a writer and editor on the AARP Media News team. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” How many of us had to say that in “repeat-after-me” drills when we were growing up? I don’t know about you, but I never really believed it. Words can hurt. Millions of us could see that in the video-gone-viral of Karen Huff Klein, a 68-year-old school bus monitor …

Education Knows No Age

Hey blog readers! Jenn here from the AARP Communications team – sharing the story of one of our volunteers Zig Sokolnicki. He gave the commencement speech this past weekend in Chicago to a group of students at Wilbur Wright College. Eleven Gerontology students completed the Basic Gerontology Certification. As Zig’s speech proves – you’re always young enough to learn something new! Are you interested in becoming an AARP Illinois Volunteer? We’ve got lots of opportunities to fit your skills. From …

Thank A Teacher Today

It’s National Teacher Day, and I have a question. Do you remember your first-grade teacher’s name? How about your third-grade or sixth-grade teachers? Mine: Ms. Giest, Ms. Hall and Ms. Hughes. Come to think of it, I could probably name all of my teachers throughout my entire school career. There’s a reason for that – they made an impact on my life in one way or another. Teachers hold a special place in my heart. Not just because of how they helped …