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  • 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.

  • How Are You Playing Bonds? Thursday, 14 Feb 2013 | 12:02 PM ET

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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.

  • Should College Students Have Credit Cards? Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 3:57 PM ET

    A new round of freshmen will need to make new financial arrangements, which often include credit cards. But should students’ new lifestyle include them?

  • The percentage of U.S. consumers with two or more outstanding loans has nearly doubled since 2005, and the amount of debt is up more than 50 percent, according to new figures from FICO — the company that calculates credit scores for the major credit bureaus.

  • Debt-Free College? Yes, It Exists Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012 | 12:08 PM ET
    A runner passes a sign on the campus of Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina.

    While the country’s higher education system is plagued by the student debt crisis, one college has instituted a  policy that will eliminate or dramatically decrease the debt that students graduate with. Will others follow?

  • Keep Companies With High Dividends: Cramer     Tuesday, 11 Sep 2012 | 6:58 PM ET

    Mad Money host Jim Cramer speaks to Campus Crest Communities co-founder & CEO Ted Rollins, about its dividend plans, and the state of college enrollment and its competitive advantage in the construction space.

  • World's Best Internship—Interviewing Porn Stars Friday, 7 Sep 2012 | 3:23 PM ET

    Hey there. Feeling lonely in your dorm room? Looking to ditch your workplace virginity? Well, it’s your lucky day, son. A porn site is looking for an intern!