4-year degree is ‘ticket to nowhere’

Underemployed four-year graduates are enrolling in two-year colleges to earn job credentials. A business graduate with $60,000 in student loans calls her bachelor’s degree “just like a ticket to nowhere.” She’s now training for a certificate in paralegal studies.

“Some college” is better than a high school diploma in the workforce. If “some” means a vocational certificate in a technical field, it can lead to higher pay than a non-technical bachelor’s degree.

Pell must reform to avoid cuts

Now costing $41 billion, Pell Grants must prove their effectiveness or lose funding, financial aid experts say.

Thirty-seven million Americans have some college credits, but no degree. Online courses are helping some to complete a credential.