Colleges & Universities


  • 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.

  • Colleges Shouldn't Be Run Like a Hedge Fund Monday, 2 Mar 2009 | 4:33 PM ET

    At a time when fewer and fewer people can afford to pay for college, these schools are going out of their way to make higher education even more expensive. Their justification? Endowments haven't done so well lately. Since when did Penn or Harvard or Yale become for-profit institutions?

  • Green Jobs Are Coming, But What's A Green Job, Anyway? Thursday, 26 Feb 2009 | 2:46 PM ET
    Winemaker Greg Allen walks between floating solar panels on a pond behind the Far Niente winery in Oakville, Calif. The winery is trying out a new approach in the volts-for-vines tradeoff, saving vineyard space by floating solar panels on a pond that recycles water left over from the winemaking process. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Everyone—including President Obama—is talking about green-collar jobs. But there is still no consensus of what a green job is.

  • Degrees in Most Demand Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009 | 12:18 PM ET
    College students graduating this year will feel the effects of the economic crisis in the job market. A survey conducted by the  found that employers plan to increase their college hiring by just 1.3 percent this year over 2008, the least in six years. Take a look at which degrees have the most drawing power in the job market, according to the NACE.

    College students graduating this year will feel the effects of the economic crisis in the job market. Take a look at which degrees have the most drawing power in the job market.

  • Web Extra: Education Sec’y Answers Your Questions Monday, 24 Nov 2008 | 9:59 PM ET

    Margaret Spellings stuck around after the show to take your questions. Find out what she had to tell regular Americans looking for loans.

  • New Solutions for Student Loans Monday, 24 Nov 2008 | 9:17 PM ET

    Education Secretary Margaret Spellings explains the government's new student loan plan.

  • Web Extra: Four Tips for Saving with a 529 Friday, 14 Nov 2008 | 12:53 PM ET

    Carmen's rules for getting the most out of your college investment. *CNBC.com Exclusive*

  • Borrower Beware: Student Loan Scam Alert Monday, 3 Nov 2008 | 9:14 PM ET

    Many private student loans offer prizes, gifts and perks for applying – but some of the loan companies get a failing grade.

  • Web Extra: Investing in Your Kids’ Future Tuesday, 28 Oct 2008 | 10:41 PM ET

    Is it time to pull out of a 529 that has lost half its value?

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