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Recent graduates with arts degrees face a jobless rate of 11.1 percent. With numbers like that, the degree probably seems useless. But many people have gone on to great success after earning “useless” degrees.
It’s not just the nation heading for a fiscal cliff. In 18 years, the average price for a private university could be as much as $130,428—a year.
Student loans are near the $1 trillion mark and educators are studying harder so they might avoid failing a critical test of advanced college finance.
In the political campaigns still taking shape, President Barack Obama, Republican challenger Mitt Romney and lawmakers of both parties say they want to protect college students from a sharp increase in interest rates on federally subsidized loans.
Under a 2005 law passed by Congress to protect lenders, private student loans fall under the same nearly-impossible-to-clear category as child support payments and criminal fines.
Here’s what we do know about student loan debt: it’s roughly $1 trillion in size, greater than either auto or credit-card debt and second only to mortgage debt in the U.S.
What if a college did not spend its resources on sports stadiums? What if it quit the competitive "arms race" and did not build climbing walls and multimillion dollar student unions? What if a college did not spend its students’ resources on top "name brand" researchers, who undergraduates rarely see? In fact, what if there was no faculty tenure at all?
The rampant inflation in the cost of U.S. higher education since 1980 makes gasoline and healthcare price hikes over the same period look like an Indy car racing a pair of old-school Volkswagen vans.
Parents and students have an array of options for financing education costs, including private loans from banks, tapping home equity credit lines and dipping into retirement accounts. However, the quest to provide a better life for their children can create a lager financial mess for the parents.
CNBC's Rick Santelli weighs in on "tough love" and why it is important for people to pay off their debt, whether it's student loans or home mortgages.
As much as you may want to help out a friend or family member in need, there are several rules you should follow before you hand over any cash.
Parents who borrow money to pay for their children's college education are exacerbating a growing student loan crisis.
Job skills are getting higher in growth areas, but there are not enough Americans that can do them. How to fix the rising education gap in America, with Jeremy Siegel, The Wharton School; Ann Winblad, Winblad Venture; and Bill Gross, PIMCO. "Focus on where the jobs are going to be and what education we need to give," says Ann Winblad.
Peter Thiel is one of the most successful investors in Silicon Valley and also one of the most controversial. Last night, he called on top tech companies to drop the college degree as a job requirement. It's not the first time he's questioned the value of college. Thiel's looking for kids around the country who can be molded into innovators and entrepreneurs via the Thiel Fellowship.
When people lament the cost of college, they’re usually talking about tuition. They often don't think of room and board. Now, there's a list that shows that a bed and three square meals a day aren’t cheap either.
A university in the United Kingdom is having a competition where one person will win a "free tutition for life."
CNBC.com spoke with experts in tech, human resources, and finance to determine which professions are best for workers over 40.
It may be hard to pin down exactly what the Occupy Wall Street protesters want, but one of the sources of their frustration seems clear. Many of the demonstrators are drowning in student debt.
Real innovation isn’t common in higher education, especially at the most prestigious schools.
"Our national dialogue is finally starting to allow space for questioning some of these once-sacrosanct myths about higher education," the author writes adding, "People are looking for alternatives. Cheaper, faster, quicker alternatives, which don’t require debt, or time off from careers."