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  • Why CEOs Like Liberal Arts Students Monday, 15 Apr 2013 | 10:16 AM ET

    What do American businesses want from their college hires? Creative thinkers and better communicators, according to a survey.

  • Grandparents Step Up Help to Fund College Costs Monday, 18 Mar 2013 | 12:42 PM ET

    Parents still invest most of the money in college savings funds, but grandparents' contributions now make up about 9.5 percent of the total, new numbers say.

  • How to Pick the Right College Tax Break for You Wednesday, 13 Mar 2013 | 8:14 AM ET

    The federal government offers a variety of tax breaks to lessen your burden, but you may need a high-priced education just to figure out how to write it off.

  • College Roulette: Ask for Financial Aid, or Not? Monday, 4 Mar 2013 | 1:03 PM ET

    Admissions officials can usually figure out fairly quickly who needs aid and who doesn’t, but they rarely force you to compete against those outside your income bracket, college counselors say.

  • Robbing Retirement to Save For College     Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 1:40 PM ET

    More families are currently saving for their retirement than for their children's education, according to a new study by Sallie Mae. CNBC's Sharon Epperson reports on what happens when money is taken out of a 401(k) or an IRA to pay for college.

  • Parents Are Robbing Retirement to Pay for College Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 12:00 AM ET

    Paying for your child's education is a laudable goal, but may not be realistic for some parents who could wind up jeopardizing their own financial future in order to put their children through college.

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  • Is Money 'Poison' For Kids?     Wednesday, 6 Feb 2013 | 1:58 PM ET

    Billionaire Graham Tuckwell has announced he's giving $50 million for college scholarships. CNBC's Robert Frank reports Tuckwell thinks the money would ruin his own kids.

  • 5 Tax Deductions That Pay You for Helping Yourself Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 | 8:29 AM ET

    Hidden in our convoluted tax code are rewards for saving for retirement, looking for a new job, going to college -- even getting a new pair of glasses.

  • Santelli: Time to Reform College Tuition Costs     Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 11:37 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli talks with Richard Vedder, Center for College Affordability & Productivity, about where the money is coming from to pay huge salaries to some academics to run universities.

  • Get Ahead by Skipping Last Two Years of College? Sunday, 30 Dec 2012 | 11:53 AM ET

    A recent study found kids may not need all four years of school to get ahead. Some students who received two-year degrees earned more than their four-year counterparts. Whoa, does Ferris Bueller know about this?!

  • Student Loan Delinquencies     Wednesday, 28 Nov 2012 | 7:45 PM ET

    CNBC's Larry Kudlow reports BP is temporarily suspended from new U.S. contracts; and Ron Meyer, American Majority Action discusses whether the student loan bubble is about to pop.

  • Child’s Education, but Parents’ Crushing Loans Monday, 12 Nov 2012 | 10:18 AM ET

    Millions of parents who have taken out loans to pay for their children’s college education have since fallen on tough times because of the recession, health problems and job loss.

  • Latest College Trend: Wanting to Be Wealthy Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 8:24 AM ET

    A study of college freshman shows that 86 percent want to be financially well-off -- up more than 10 percent from last year.

  • Critics say President Obama’s policies on expanding aid to college students are too costly, often assist the wrong people and could have the paradoxical effect of driving up tuition prices.

  • Student Loan Debt Hits Another New Record: Study Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 12:13 AM ET

    The average college student who graduated in 2011 had $26,600 in student loans, according to a new report, which estimates two-thirds of last year’s college graduates had student loan debt.

  • Bankers Growing More Worried About Student Loans Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 12:25 PM ET
    College student piggy bank

    A new quarterly survey of U.S. banks’ risk managers finds that more than six in 10 expect student loan debt delinquencies to increase in the next six months. Only about 13 percent expect delinquencies to decrease.

  • College Costs the Next Fiscal Cliff?     Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 2:48 PM ET

    Student loan debt topped a trillion bucks this year, and the price of higher education is soaring. Derek Thompson, sr. editor at The Atlantic, discusses why college costs are so high.

  • Most Expensive Colleges: 2012-2013 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 4:41 PM ET
    Total Cost: $57,580Tuition: $44,176Room & Board: $12,782Fees: $622Bard College is a liberal arts institution in Duchess County, New York.  it ranked no. 8 on Campus Grotto’s list, but this year Bard has fallen two spots to no. 10, despite increasing its asking price by almost $2,000.The  for 2012-2013 is $57,580 for a returning student. First-year students are subject to an additional $1,490 in fees, including meal charges, security deposit and ID card.

    According to Campus Grotto's just-released report on the 2012-2013 year, the top 10 colleges all have an average total cost of more than $55,000 per year.

  • Is College a Waste?     Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 2:50 PM ET

    Andy Kessler, "Eat People" author, explains whether you really need to attend college.

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