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It is shocking to see that the eight most expensive schools in the country, after subtracting the average amount of financial aid at each institution, are art schools and music conservatories. The Art Institute of Chicago tops the list, with a net price of $42,882, with Ringling, The Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, and California Institute of the Arts falling close in line. Although its tuition is rising, MICA was not on the list from 2011-12. Regardless, it is curious that the eight most expensive schools in the country produce graduates in art and music.

If you are asking why these schools are so expensive, you’re asking the wrong question. The right question to ask is, why do consumers pay such a high sticker price for a degree that doesn’t correlate with  high-paying jobs? There are a number of great reasons to go to art school, but there can also be a lot of hype and misinformation involved in this decision as well. Once a graduate starts paying their student loans, what once seemed like a great idea can become tinged with regret. And poverty... read on at the website.


Check out the October scholarships. Contact the websites for this year's due dates. 

Hertz Fellowship Contact: The Hertz Foundation, 2300 First St. Suite 250, Livermore, CA 94550, (925) 373-1642, askhertz@hertzfoundation.org, http://www.hertzfoundation.org/dx/fellowships/application.aspx Eligibility: Must be students of the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America. Award: Option 1 Hertz:  Five Year $32,000/ 9-month personal stipend  Full tuition equivalent  Renewable for up to 5 years. Option 2 - Five-Year Coordinated/  Hertz Period - Two Years: $38,000/ 9-month personal stipend  Full tuition equivalent Deadline: October 31, 2014

Coca-Cola Scholarship Contact: Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Inc., 1 Coca Cola Plaza NW, Atlanta, GA 30313, (800) 306-2653, scholars@coca-cola.com, http://www.coca-colascholars.org Eligibility: For high school seniors demonstrating leadership and academic achievement. Must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident planning to attend an accredited university. Must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0. at the end of their Junior year of high school. Cannot have parents or grandparents who are employees of Coca-Cola or of a Coca-Cola bottling plant. Award: Varies Deadline: October 31, 2014 Courtesy of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) Page 6 of 60

NFL Films Internship Contact: National Football League, 1 NFL Plaza, Mt Laurel, NJ 08054 (856) 222-3500 http://www.nfl.com/careers/internships Eligibility: Open to all college students and recent graduates. Award: Contact for information Deadline: Contact program for deadline in October.




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Ms McManus

Ms McManus is an artist and an educator. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from San Francisco Art Institute, Teaching Credentials from University of California, Irvine,  and a Master of Fine Arts  from California State University Long Beach where she was honored on The Dean's List. She has exhibited her paintings widely in the Los Angeles area. She holds National Board Certification in Early and Young Adult Art, and has been an arts educator for over 22 years. In 2013 she was awarded the Otis College of Art and Design Teacher of the Year Award. In 2016 she was awarded The Herbert D Ryman Mentor Award.