Even Staff

2016-01-16

The High Costs of Undergrad Tuition

The status quo in higher education cannot hold. Year after year, families face the grueling process of trying to send their kids to schools they can’t afford, turning what should be a joyful time into a stress-fueled anxiety spiral. As soon as those coveted acceptance letters come in, the question changes from “Where am I going to go to school?” to “How the hell are we going to afford this?” As attorney Steve Cohen wrote for TIME earlier this year, financial aid options remain slim for middle-class families. They’re oftentimes expected to contribute up to $20,000 a year to their kids’ college tuition, which in a lackluster economy is an all-but-impossible feat. Tuition costs have risen more than 1200 percent since 1978, a staggering increase that places more and more strain on prospective students and their families. The high costs of undergraduate tuition, let alone graduate programs, have long forced students to saddle themselves with loan debt they can’t repay. In fact, undergraduate debt may have influenced a recent decline in graduate enrollment numbers. Public schools with strained budgets can’t offer as much as they once might have in tuition assistance, making grad programs a harder sell for qualified students. At some point, the bottom has to fall out. A Forbes contributor called higher ed “ground zero for disruption” last year, but what exactly would that look like? Many jobs call for a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, meaning that people risk being shut out of opportunities if they opt not to go to school. And as Jason Saltzman wrote for Entrepreneur, the networks you build in college, whether through Greek life, classes, or other activities, can help you build a successful career. Still, the Internet enables people from a variety of backgrounds to study virtually any subject, create a portfolio of work, and demonstrate their skills without ever enrolling in an undergraduate program. Sites such as edx.org offer courses from elite schools such as Harvard and MIT, and platforms like Udemy and Lynda sell trainings and tutorials on an incredible array of topics. A rise in entrepreneurial culture could also spur a shift away from traditional schooling, as would-be founders seek apprenticeships and use online tools to access business trainings. Initiatives such as BMW’s Scholars Program allows people to work and attend classes, where they develop skills that they can use in their work at the company’s South Carolina manufacturing plant. Billionaire entrepreneur Peter Thiel established a fellowship to entice students away from college and into the startup world, many of whom have seen massive success through the program. Paul Gu, co-founder of the alternative lending site Upstart, is one of the program’s notable graduates. While not every student has entrepreneurial aspirations, many may decide to skip college in favor of real-world work experience and zero debt. Another Forbes contributor noted that people who are uncertain about school can rise quickly from entry-level jobs straight out of high school and can make a decent living by studying in trade programs to be a plumber or electrician. The Internet has also created countless opportunities for selling products through sites like Etsy and Shopify, making money from affiliate marketing, and monetizing personal blogs and video channels. Think of the 17-year-old behind Origami Owl, the $250 million jewelry business. She’ll never have to worry about student loans, and it’s not impossible to replicate her success. Many bloggers and online owners publish courses and sell trainings in how to build businesses, market your consulting services, and create a profitable author following. People can achieve their dream jobs for a fraction of what it would cost them to attend a four-year school. While college is still a formative experience, there is an ever-growing number of ways to build a career and make a living that doesn’t require a degree. As tuition costs remain high and young generations’ disillusionment with debt increases, it’s not unlikely that people will seek alternatives to college and graduate programs.

 

 

Disclaimer: The material provided on this site is not intended to provide legal, investment, or financial advice or to indicate the suitability of any Even Financial product or service to your unique circumstances. For specific advice about your unique circumstances, you may wish to consult a qualified professional. Any information or statistical data sourced by Even Financial through hyperlinks, from third-party websites, are provided for informational purposes only. While Even Financial finds these sources to be accurate, it does not endorse or guarantee any third-party content

Proven Scale & Trust

$525B+

in consumer applications for financial services

100M+

consumer profiles generated

6.5 Million+

applicants routed monthly

What our partners are saying

"... generating some of the highest approval rates and conversion rates among our online acquisition partners. The transparency and focus on data have allowed us to drive consistent growth and success each month. "

"Even enabled MoneyLion to... streamline our user experience, serve a broader set of our customers, and improve key monetization metrics... driving 4x+ growth since launch."

"... a streamlined consumer experience, helping millennials with no collateral, budget, or saved money. Even’s impressive matching algorithms simplify the process of finding the best personal loans to meet your needs."

"... a truly modern and easy to use platform for the financial services marketing world. They make it easy to develop consumer friendly, innovative products in a space dominated by legacy platforms."

"... generating some of the highest approval rates and conversion rates among our online acquisition partners. The transparency and focus on data have allowed us to drive consistent growth and success each month. "

"Even enabled MoneyLion to... streamline our user experience, serve a broader set of our customers, and improve key monetization metrics... driving 4x+ growth since launch."

"... a streamlined consumer experience, helping millennials with no collateral, budget, or saved money. Even’s impressive matching algorithms simplify the process of finding the best personal loans to meet your needs."

"... a truly modern and easy to use platform for the financial services marketing world. They make it easy to develop consumer friendly, innovative products in a space dominated by legacy platforms."

Mike Doniger
Head of Business Development and Partnerships

Awards

Press

Read all about it!

Even Financial Partners with Figure to Add Blockchain-Enabled Personal Loan Products to its Financial Services Marketplace
EVEN
Even Financial Partners with Figure to Add Blockchain-Enabled Personal Loan Products to its Financial Services Marketplace
New York, New York – June 2, 2021 – Even Financial (“Even”), the leading search, comparison, and recommendation engine for financial services, has announced a new partnership with Figure to launch the company’s personal loan products on the Even platform. Leveraging machine learning and advanced data science, Even solves a significant pain point in financial services acquisition by seamlessly bridging financial institutions and channel partners via its industry-leading API and embeddable solutions.   Figure is a fintech company that leverages AI, blockchain, and analytics to deliver innovative consumer financial products with speed and ease. Figure has dramatically decreased the time it takes for consumers to secure loans and has significantly reduced the costs associated with loan origination, servicing, financing, and capital markets execution. The company was founded in 2018 to unlock new access points for consumer credit products that can transform the financial lives of its customers. In addition to personal loans, it provides mortgage refinancing and home equity release solutions, including home equity lines of credit, home improvement loans, and home buy-lease back offerings for retirement.   Figure is an exciting, advanced provider that is driving transformational change in consumer credit,” said Phill Rosen, Founder and CEO of Even Financial. “We’re thrilled to welcome them to Even’s unparalleled network of loan products.”   Shwetabh Gautam, Director of Financial Institution Partnerships at Even added: “We continue to see a strong resurgence in the demand for lending products across the millions of consumers Even surfaces offers for each month. The addition of cutting-edge partners like Figure strengthens our ability to connect consumers with the loans best suited for their unique needs.”   Even offers the largest network of premium, API-connected loan providers. Enterprises and established publishers such as MoneyLion and TransUnion partner with Even to power financial product offers for loans and other financial services including insurance, credit cards, and savings. Within loans, Even continues to expand its vast offering, recently launching products for secured lending, line of credit, and auto refinancing.   The launch of Figure on the Even platform enables consumers to get matched with personal loans of up to $50,000. Figure offers a 100% online application that allows applicants to apply and see their rate in minutes and access funding in as few as two days.   “Phill and the team at Even share our vision of leveraging blockchain technology to make financial services simpler, faster, and personalized. Through the Even platform, we will be able to reach a broader and more diverse set of consumers seeking our innovative credit products,” said Brad Simmons, CMO of Figure.   Even has continued its rapid growth trajectory in 2021, facilitating over $3 billion in consumer credit issued through its API and expanding its platform to over 400 partners. Earlier this year, Even was named one of “America’s Best Startup Employers'' by Forbes for 2021 and placed in the Top 50 of the 2020 Deloitte Technology Fast 500, which recognizes the fastest growing tech companies in the world.    About Even Financial Founded in 2014, Even Financial is a B2B fintech company that is transforming the way financial institutions find and connect with consumers. As the leading search, comparison, and recommendation engine for financial services, Even seamlessly bridges financial institutions (including American Express, Goldman Sachs, and SoFi) and channel partners (such as MoneyLion and TransUnion) via its simple yet robust API and embeddable solutions. Even turns any consumer touchpoint into a comprehensive financial services marketplace with full compliance and security at scale. The company is backed by leading financial services firms and VCs, including American Express Ventures, Canaan Partners, Citi Ventures, Fidelity’s F-Prime Capital, Greatpoint Ventures, Goldman Sachs, LendingClub, and MassMutual Ventures. Learn more at www.evenfinancial.com.  About Figure Figure is transforming the trillion dollar financial services industry using blockchain technology. In three short years, Figure has unveiled a series of fintech firsts using blockchain for loan origination, equity management, private fund services, banking, and payments sectors – bringing speed, efficiency, and savings to both consumers and institutions. The company was founded in 2018 by serial technology entrepreneur Mike Cagney, who also founded SoFi and built the company into a multi-billion dollar business under his leadership as CEO. Learn more at www.figure.com.   Media Contact media@evenfinancial.com
PYMNTS: Even Launches Embedded Finance App on Salesforce
PYMNTS
PYMNTS: Even Launches Embedded Finance App on Salesforce
Now, financial advisors and other businesses will have a way to leverage Even’s platform for their clients. ‘Financial Products for Salesforce’ - Powered by Even, a plug-and-play app available on the Salesforce AppExchange, matches consumers with real-time, personalized financial product offers.   Click below to read more at PYMNTS.com.
Even Named to Forbes’ List of “America’s Best Startup Employers” for 2021
FORBES
Even Named to Forbes’ List of “America’s Best Startup Employers” for 2021
After evaluating 2,500 American startups with at least 50 employees, Even has been named in the Top 500 of Forbes’ second annual list, which recognizes companies that stand out in: employer reputation, employee satisfaction, and growth.   Click below to see full listing.