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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Job Picture Looks Bleak for 2013 College Grads Friday, 26 Apr 2013 | 8:54 AM ET

    Even as new numbers show the overall employment picture improving, new college graduates may not be so lucky when it comes to finding work.

  • 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.