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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.