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College Planning


  • That college aid offer isn't as good as you think Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 3:04 PM ET
    High school students attend Cash for College, a college and career convention, in Los Angeles.

    With a college acceptance letter in hand, the next step is figuring out if your student can afford to attend.

  • True cost of college   Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 12:00 AM ET
    True cost of college

    CNBC consumer reporter Kelli Grant highlights hidden fees and uncovers the true cost of college after receiving a long-awaited college acceptance letter.

  • What Obama's plan means for student loan borrowers Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 | 5:40 PM ET
    Students at Wesleyan University are encouraged to graduate in three years to make education more affordable.

    New initiatives from President Obama offer new student loan protections and repayment options. Could you benefit?

  • The college catch 22   Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Young money: The college catch 22

    Getting a college education can lead to student debt but here are a few tips to pay those loans off fast to save more. CNBC's Landon Dowdy reports.

  • 'Mend or end' diversity debate hit by new twist Saturday, 14 Feb 2015 | 12:03 PM ET
    Graduation college education

    Immigration patterns have made affirmative action harder to promote at a time when support is flagging. One academic explains why.

  • Cramer's 411 on the 529   Friday, 6 Feb 2015 | 6:15 PM ET
    Cramer's 411 on the 529 plan

    Mad Money host Jim Cramer says saving for retirement is a priority for parents, and explains the 529 savings plan -- which can help parents save for their children's college expenses.

  • Money-savvy tips for kids and college   Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 6:36 AM ET
    Money-savvy tips for kids and college

    Rob Lieber, New York Times columnist, discusses President Obama's flip-flop on college savings plans, and shares insight on how to talk to children about money.

  • Norquist on Obama's taxing plans   Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 10:53 AM ET
    Norquist on Obama's taxing plans

    Grover Norquist, Founder, Americans for Tax Reform, comments on Obama's plan to tax 529 plans, and says it's still written in the budget.

  • Harwood breaks down 529 plans   Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 10:52 AM ET
    Harwood breaks down 529 plans

    CNBC's John Harwood explains the Administration's idea for taxing 529 plans and discusses why tax reform is going to be so difficult.

  • Can Obama bridge political divide?   Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 7:32 AM ET
    Can Obama bridge political divide?

    Lanhee Chen, Hoover Institution, and Michael Feldman, Glover Park Group, provide their thoughts on what we can expect to hear from President Obama when he addresses the nation Tuesday night.

  • How to escape the black hole of student debt Sunday, 18 Jan 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    College graduate sad debt

    Six-figure loan debt is becoming a way of life for many recent graduates, and even some old ones. Here's how to keep it from swallowing you whole.

  • 2015 Prediction: Tuition costs & income   Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 1:42 PM ET
    2015 Prediction: Tuition costs & income

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson predicts the family income will not keep up with education costs, and government programs will fall short.

  • Education Playbook: Cost of admission   Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 6:23 AM ET
    Education Playbook: Cost of admission

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson takes a look at trends in the rising costs of education.

  • These colleges feed alumni to elite hedge funds Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 12:12 PM ET
    Yale University students in the old Campus Courtyard beneath the turrets of Bingham Hall.

    A new study from "buy side" network SumZero shows which universities send more students to elite hedge funds.

  • The $6 billion bet on sports scholarships Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | 10:42 AM ET
    Little league baseball coach

    Billions are being spend on private sports coaches for kids as young as 6 years-old. The goal is to grab a spot on a collegiate team.

  • Big money for kids sports   Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 6:42 AM ET
    Big money for kids sports

    The NCAA tells high school athletes the chances of getting a scholarship in many sports are around 2 percent. NBC Sports Dave Briggs, and CNBC.com's Kelley Holland, weigh in.

  • Strapped for college cash? New ways to borrow Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 11:24 AM ET
    Crowdfunding image

    A complete stranger might help get your student loans under control, through new crowdfunding initiatives and student loan start-ups.

  • Fans line up for 'Call of Duty' early release   Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | 6:21 AM ET
    Fans line up for 'Call of Duty' early release

    This is the first game specifically made for the next generation systems, says Eric Handler, MKM Partners, discusses the outlook on Activision.

  • Trillion dollar college debt crisis   Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 1:56 PM ET
    Trillion dollar college debt crisis

    The latest national figures from the Institute for College Access and Success reveal more than two thirds of graduates have at least some debt. CNBC's Scott Cohn reports data is showing the rate of increase in student debt and in tuition is slowing considerably.

  • Parents, legislators push back against Common Core Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 9:45 AM ET
    Students with hands raised in classroom

    The debate against Common Core is moving into the state legislatures, even as more parents plan to opt out of spring tests.

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