Education and You 2008

  • Majoring In The Credit Crunch Thursday, 20 Mar 2008 | 3:16 PM ET

    With the credit crunch likely to grind on for some time Washington is dusting off a lender-of-last-resort plan to provide for an uninterrupted supply of government-subsidized college student loans.

  • The ABCs of 529s or How To Pay For College Wednesday, 26 Mar 2008 | 3:34 PM ET

    There are a number of ways for parents to save for college tuition,  but so-called 529 plans are probably the best. Though you might need to study up on the terms and choices, the plans provide enough tax advantages to make it worth your while.

  • White House Short Course Wednesday, 26 Mar 2008 | 2:23 PM ET
    Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., stands on stage prior to speaking about her health care policy, Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    The steadily rising costs of higher education – roughly twice the inflation rate – makes it  a permanent part of the iron cross of American worries,  joining concerns about retirement, health care and jobs.

  • Ivy League Shares The Wealth Wednesday, 26 Mar 2008 | 2:50 PM ET

    Some of the top universities in the country are slashing or eliminating tuition costs, expanding financial aid and generally rethinking the affordability equation.

  • Follow The Money Wednesday, 26 Mar 2008 | 3:36 PM ET

    If you’re in the market for a student loan, there's more federal funding out there than you may think. You may just have to look a little harder.

  • Picking a 529 Gets Personal Wednesday, 26 Mar 2008 | 3:37 PM ET

    When it comes to selecting a 529 plan from the dozens that exist, there’s no one-size-fits-all formula.  Ultimately, it depends on your savings goals, tolerance for risk and time horizon for your child heading off to college.

  • Higher Ed Woes Take Back Seat in Presidential Race Wednesday, 27 Aug 2008 | 8:16 AM ET
    Barack Obama

    The continuing federal bailout of Wall Street is undermining prospects that the next administration will tackle one of the nation's biggest education problems — that higher education effectively excludes some 400,000 academically qualified students every year.

  • Taking Stock Of Work-Life Balance Monday, 1 Jun 2009 | 10:43 AM ET
    Young Employees

    Which careers are better for people who care about family and loved ones as much or more than their precious careers?

  • College in Need Closes a Door to Needy Students Wednesday, 10 Jun 2009 | 10:57 AM ET
    Reed College

    With their endowments ravaged by the financial markets and more students clamoring for assistance, private colleges like Reed are making numerous changes this year in staff, students, tuition and classes that they hope will tide them over without harming their reputations or their educational goals.

  • Ivy Leagues at a Bargain Wednesday, 26 Mar 2008 | 3:30 PM ET
    Ivy Leagues at a Bargain

    Tuition at private universities has skyrocketed, increasing at twice the rate of inflation, but a number of elite colleges - most recently Columbia - are taking steps to make tuition more affordable.'s Brooke Sopelsa reports.

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    Many times over the past several months, I have opened a newspaper or tuned into a show to hear opponents of health care reform say that it’s not that they oppose universal health care – they just don’t want to pay for it.  Why, they argue, should they have to pay higher taxes when they are perfectly satisfied with the way the current system benefits them?

  • How Much Financial Aid To Expect? Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 | 12:54 AM ET
  • China Retail

    The back-to-school shopping season has begun and although spending is expected to decrease in most categories, industry analysts anticipate seeing growth in PCs and consumer electronics.

  • 529 Plan Estimator Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 | 12:54 AM ET
  • How Much Should You Save? Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 | 12:54 AM ET
  • Online Schooling Picks Up Students—and Respect Friday, 4 Sep 2009 | 3:35 PM ET
    Woman using a computer

    The huge cost of a higher education—plus the need by many laid off workers to learn new skills—has sparked a sharp increase in online education. And online degrees, especially from well-known institutions, are gaining acceptance among employers.

  • Grade Your 529 Plan Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 | 12:54 AM ET
  • Should You Borrow From Your Home Equity? Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 | 12:54 AM ET
  • 2) Pick the Right College Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 | 12:54 AM ET
  • 5) Apply For Scholarships Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 | 12:54 AM ET