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  • 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.

  • Financial aid for college     Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    CNBC consumer reporter Kelli Grant gives tips on how to fill out the FAFSA in order to get the most aid.

  • Financial planning for 2014     Monday, 6 Jan 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    More than half of Americans lack a rainy day fund in case of financial emergencies. Now is the time to get a handle on your money and your future.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 16- With college costs already astronomical and rising, saving for them isn't just a year-end thing. In Illinois, for example, contributions of up to $10,000 a year for an individual or $20,000 for a couple filing jointly are deductible for state income tax purposes.

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2- College savings plans are better deals than they were a few years ago, but there are still a few clunkers out there. Each fall, investment research firm Morningstar singles out the nation's best 529 college savings plans.

  • Bachelor of smArts: US and UK lead top universities Tuesday, 10 Sep 2013 | 8:14 AM ET
    The University of Cambridge; the highest-ranked U.K. institution on the QS table.

    The U.S. and the U.K. once again dominated the world's top-ranked universities, with American institutions comprising over half of the top 20.

  • Crowdfunding college tuition     Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 | 11:52 AM ET

    CNBC's Mary Thompson explains how some students and parents are finding a way to make college more affordable.

  • Why some college aid is soaring—but not all Tuesday, 20 Aug 2013 | 10:57 AM ET

    With college costs continuing to rise, more students are receiving federal financial aid, though state and institutional aid remains largely flat.

  • To land a job, take these six college courses Tuesday, 13 Aug 2013 | 7:00 AM ET

    Employers say today's college grads don't have the skills for entry-level jobs. These college courses can help fill the gap and make recent grads better candidates.

  • What student debt? How other millennials think Monday, 5 Aug 2013 | 6:14 AM ET

    Twelve million Gen Y-ers make more than $100,000, and many of them are not saddled with the six-digit student debt held by doctors and lawyers.

  • Student-loan rates at 9%: That's a better deal? Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 | 11:36 AM ET

    A Senate proposal would cut rates for now, though borrowers would probably pay more in the future.

  • 529 Rebels: Alternative Ways to Save for College Tuesday, 28 May 2013 | 11:50 AM ET

    The tax-advantaged college-savings plans now house $168.5 billion of our hard-won dough. But not everyone is sold on the idea that 529s are the only way to go.

  • A College Saving Plan Still Eludes Many Americans Monday, 27 May 2013 | 8:10 AM ET

    While American families search for ways to make their college dollars go further, a new study finds that a majority of Americans still don't know what a 529 college savings plan is.

  • Delayed Dreams: Class of 2013's Returning Students Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | 4:40 PM ET

    Older Americans make up a significant chunk of college students in recent years and are now heading out into the job market in an improving economy.

  • Mapping Student Debt Changes the Debate Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 2:45 PM ET

    A New York Federal Reserve report suggests that college grads swamped by debt may be victims of forces greater than their willingness to pay.

  • Student Debt a 'Roadblock' for Wider Economy: Report Thursday, 9 May 2013 | 10:15 AM ET

    Unmanageable student loan debt, the consumer watchdog unit say, may be harmful to recovering markets and may be dragging down borrowers' lives.

  • Only 4% of Colleges Worth the Money: Ex-Official Wednesday, 8 May 2013 | 10:50 AM ET

    Former Education Secretary William Bennett argues that 96 percent of colleges aren't worth the investment due to high loan payments and sky rocketing unemployment rates.

  • Can't Afford College? Let a Sugar Daddy Pay Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 7:23 AM ET

    Tuition deposits are needed to confirm a spot in college. What if you're not sure you'll have enough money? Never fear, some creepy old man is here.

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