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  • Tis the season to be merry again or so they say. With Christmas a week away, the remaining 90 percent of the population that still have jobs might need some help getting into the swing of things this year.

  • Inflation Might Be Tame, But College Costs Keep Soaring Tuesday, 20 Oct 2009 | 11:13 AM ET

    The cost of attending a four-year private college in the US increased 4.3%, to an average $35,636, this year. The cost of a public college grew even more.

  • Failure Factories: Colleges with Too Few Grads Wednesday, 9 Sep 2009 | 2:18 PM ET

    At its top levels, the American system of higher education may be the best in the world. Yet in terms of its core mission — turning teenagers into educated college graduates — much of the system is simply failing.

  • Gimme a Job—Or I’ll Sue! Thursday, 6 Aug 2009 | 9:06 AM ET

    You don't have to wait for the Labor Department report on employment. If you want to know the state of the job market, look no further than Trina Thompson. A recent IT grad, Thompson is suing her college because she hasn't found a job yet.

  • Back to School: Saving for College Friday, 31 Jul 2009 | 12:42 PM ET

    According to recently released reports from the College Board, most students and their families can expect to pay, on average, from $108 to $1,398 more than what they paid in 2008 for this year's tuition and fees, depending on the type of college.  And with inflation rates continuing to increase, these costs will likely double and even triple in the years to come.  Although these costs are quite daunting, there are ways that parents and kids can prepare themselves for the sticker shock of attending college. 

  • Social Media: What Employers Think Wednesday, 15 Jul 2009 | 2:18 PM ET

    In one of my recent CNBC columns I advised jobseekers about managing social networking overwhelm.  Recently, I spoke with several employers representing a range of different companies about how they use social media in their recruiting.

  • Class Warfare: Grad Vs Grad Monday, 6 Jul 2009 | 4:02 PM ET
    Graduation

    Maybe it's just the Marxist in me, but I can't help feeling like every time I read about the economic travails of the under-30 set, the writers seem totally blind to even the slightest notion that "class," whether it be social or economic - or socioeconomic if you want to make yourself sound smart - matters.

  • Sallie Mae to Service $550 Billion in Student Loans Thursday, 18 Jun 2009 | 3:29 PM ET

    The Department of Education has selected student lender Sallie Mae and three other companies to service the $550 billion in outstanding federal student loans and future loans owned by the government.

  • 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.

  • Paying For College During Hard Times Friday, 29 May 2009 | 11:25 AM ET

    The math is ugly. Financial aid is going down at many schools, just when more students need it more than ever.  Don't despair, though. There are ways  to make the grade.

  • Parents who've seen the value of their 529 plans plummet may have another shock coming: the plans can't be counted on to pay the entire cost of college.

  • Party Like It’s 2007: The Spring Break Economy Friday, 3 Apr 2009 | 4:51 PM ET
    "The Arch" is an iconic landmark in Cabo

    “It’s the worst I’ve seen," said a Cabo San Lucas restaurant owner, "It is definitely the worst."For a Mexican tourist hotspot like Cabo, that's bad news. One of the busiest tourist seasons for the area comes during the months of March and April, coinciding with the American spring break season. Spring break, the long-time college tradition of excess and irresponsibility, is a time that many tourist destinations depend on to bolster their profits, banking on the liberal spending habits of Americans on vacation.

  • Ask The Experts: After College, Straight to Grad School? Wednesday, 25 Mar 2009 | 3:54 PM ET

    Is the dismal job environment reason enough for a soon-to-be-graduate to go right back to school? Not so fast, Carmen says.

  • Find information on loans, scholarships and much more.

  • Borrow Smart: The Best (and Worst) Student Loans Thursday, 12 Mar 2009 | 2:03 PM ET

    The majority of college students have to take on debt to get through school. But not all student loans are made equal.

  • Time To Rethink The College Application Process Thursday, 12 Mar 2009 | 12:21 PM ET

    With job opportunities drying up left and right, here's to hoping one of the most disgusting and distasteful aspects of our culture finally keels over: the college application/prostitution process.

  • Web Extra: Find Last-Minute Cash for College Wednesday, 11 Mar 2009 | 8:48 PM ET

    NOT SEEN ON T.V.: College fund tapped out? Maybe you haven’t looked everywhere.

  • Memo to Parents: How NOT to Pay for College Wednesday, 11 Mar 2009 | 4:27 PM ET

    Don’t be afraid to saddle your kids with some loans, Carmen says. It's better than risking your retirement.

  • Good planning and an understanding of a very complicated system of saving for college and getting aid can earn and save you thousands.

  • This week we're focusing on how to finance college tuition in today's market - because it's one bill you cannot skip.