Kiva adds student loans to aid college students globally

Kiva.org, a leader in global micro-lending, today started their Student Microloans Program which is a pilot program in three countries: Bolivia, Paraguay, and Lebanon. Kiva members can now lend as little $25 to help students complete their educational goals. By focusing their efforts at the base of future economies Kiva’s members will help students get better jobs, support their families, and ultimately create real change in the relief of global poverty.

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  1. Also, public universities are nothing more than an over-paid service industry. They´╗┐ charge you many thousands a year to be a member, they make you do all the work, and they do not offer a refund if you are not happy with the end result. Not to mention the fact that 10 years later, most people are still paying off student loans – even if they never graduated or took many semesters of unnecessary courses. Quit putting education on a pedestal!

  2. You offer good advice for those making the transition from college to the working world, especially about money. When I made the transition, it wasn't easy financially since I was just starting out in my career. Colleges may not teach you how to manage your money when you're out on your own, but it is indeed a necessary skill, especially when you need to begin paying off those college loans.

  3. Your local community college will have almost all their courses they offer online as well as in a real classroom. This is the best and cheapest option for you along with other Com Colleges located in your state. Real brick state universities (in your state) will also have online classes and be a great and much cheaper option for you. Most students don't realize that ALL real schools offer online courses now, they don't charge you the for-profit price so they can't advertise on every Yahoo news article related to education and jobs known to mankind to hook you and keep you trapped there. This is why:

    It kinda because its doubtful the real "regionally" accredited (state schools and private schools) schools aren't going to count what you took at the for-profit Ashford towards much of anything. Those "nationally" credited online schools aren't a good idea for folks and why so many get stuck there and never leave….. their credits don't normally transfer (or won't count for any degree) and aren't recognized by anyone but themselves. I would hate to see you have to start over, but the good news is… it would STILL prob be cheaper than continuing at Ashford.

    My local Com College is about 100 a credit hour. Bachelors degrees are 120 credits… that means a bachelors degree would run me 12,000 or so.

    The for profits charge what … 500 a credit hour? $500 X 120 credits is $60,000 Yikes!! Like I said, it would still prob be cheaper to cut your losses and start over at a real school taking online courses through them.

  4. Nancy from Seattle, WA says:

    I am woman who returned to school at age 40 after a divorce. I have federal student loans that are at 8% interest. When there is discussion of lowering mortgage rates to 4%, why would student loans stay so high? As a 61 year old teacher who has lost much of my retirement recently, I cannot retire for many years at this point and I still have a $20K student loan to repay at 8%. Is there any relief for my situation?