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  • America's best college for your money is... Saturday, 2 Aug 2014 | 12:40 PM ET
    Tomasso Hall, Babson College

    Money Magazine’s surprising college rankings has Babson College ahead of Harvard and other notable Ivy League schools.

  • Millennials 'key' to housing recovery: Study     Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 4:52 PM ET

    Chris Herbert, Harvard research director, provides insight to a Harvard study which shows millennials "hold the key" to a stronger housing recovery.

  • Get ready to pay more for student loans     Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 4:49 PM ET

    Many new borrowers may be caught off guard by higher student loan borrowing costs. CNBC's Sharon Epperson explains why interest rates on student loans are going up July 1st.

  • Starbucks offers free college tuition     Monday, 16 Jun 2014 | 2:49 PM ET

    Starbucks announced today it will offer free online college tuition to many of its employees, reports CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • Starbucks' new college initiative     Monday, 16 Jun 2014 | 10:49 AM ET

    Starbucks is offering a deal to juniors and seniors who work at least 20 hours a week at Starbucks will get full reimbursement for each semester or full-time coursework towards a bachelor's degree.

  • Student loans part of the problem: AEI     Monday, 9 Jun 2014 | 2:02 PM ET

    Andrew Kelly, The American Enterprise Institute, looks at the rising costs of college tuition and how generous federal loan programs are contributing.

  • Your guide to making an ace commencement speech Friday, 6 Jun 2014 | 12:26 PM ET

    The rules are simple. Keep things light. Remember to congratulate the graduates. And if you can do it from space—as one speaker did—that helps, too.

  • NEW YORK, May 28- For some people, the magic of compound interest alone is enough to sell them on a 529 college savings plan, but others seem to need more incentive. Enter 529 Day, appropriately designated for May 29, aimed at raising awareness about the importance of saving for university and the advantages of a 529 plan.

  • NEW YORK, May 28- For some people, the magic of compound interest alone is enough to sell them on a 529 college savings plan, but others seem to need more incentive. Enter 529 Day, appropriately designated for May 29, aimed at raising awareness about the importance of saving for university and the advantages of a 529 plan.

  • NEW YORK, May 19- In an era of stagnant wages and rising prices, Americans are expected not only to pay the daily bills and save millions for retirement, but also put away enough for college for their kids. Grandparents such as Maureen Reiter. The firm's 2014 529 Consumer Survey found that 13.1 percent of 529 accounts are now owned by grandparents.

  • Student loan debt dragging on young households Wednesday, 14 May 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    Americans who are still paying off student loans have a lot less money – and a lot more overall debt – than those without student loans.

  • High debt & no work     Thursday, 8 May 2014 | 2:49 PM ET

    The average student loan debt for the class of 2012 is $29,400. Discussing what role the Fed could play in the student debt burden, with Derek Thompson, The Atlantic senior editor.

  • College gets more expensive     Thursday, 8 May 2014 | 2:49 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson reports Federal student loans, which are tied to the rise in the 10-Year Note, are going up.

  • Is your child college bound? How do you pay for it? Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 8:33 AM ET

    Many parents may be overwhelmed by the cost of college, which has ballooned since they were undergrads. Here are some tips on how to pay for it all.

  • Savings showdown: Retirement or college tuition? Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 7:54 AM ET

    Bad news, kids. When it comes to your parents' savings priorities, funding their golden years is winning over financing your college years.

  • NEW YORK, April 10- Thanks to increased savings rates and a rising stock market, average balances in U.S. college savings plans jumped 30 percent in 2013 over the prior year, according to the new "How America Saves for College" report from Sallie Mae released Thursday.

  • Why college financial aid is so confusing     Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 2:00 PM ET

    Spring is the season for college acceptances, and with them, financial aid awards. The numbers and forms can be confusing. CNBC's Kelley Holland has some advice on how to compare them.

  • The best problem-solvers in the world are… Tuesday, 1 Apr 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    Students from Singapore and Korea are the best in the world at problem solving, according to new research published by the OECD.

  • It's college acceptance season, and if you and your child are thinking of dickering on financial-aid offers, be careful. CNBC's Kelley Holland reports on how institutions are feeling pressure that could come back to haunt you later.

  • College textbooks now cost the average student around $1,200 a year and advocacy groups say something needs to be done to curb the costs. CNBC's Herb Weisbaum says there are options for students, but not many.