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  • Credit Cards for College Kids? Pick Your Poison Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 | 4:20 PM ET

    Parents signing off on a credit card for their collegian have a number of choices, all of which will require some careful thought.

  • A Better Way Than 401(k)?     Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 2:50 PM ET

    America's youngest workers are the first generation that will retire entirely on 401(k)s, with no pensions to fall back on. Ivory Johnson of Delancey Wealth Management, provides perspective.

  • For-Profit Ed: No Good News     Monday, 25 Jun 2012 | 2:45 PM ET

    The beaten-down "for-profit" school stocks have been at the center of a different kind of storm, reports CNBC's Herb Greenberg.

  • 'Useless' Degree, Awesome Job Thursday, 21 Jun 2012 | 4:16 PM ET
    Summer is here, and along with high temperatures, shorts and flip-flops, another seasonal phenomenon is taking place — college students are graduating, and they’re taking their newly minted degrees into the real world in the hopes of landing a job. But what are their chances of finding work in their fields, or even finding jobs that don’t require them to ask if you want fries with that?Job seekers between ages 16 to 24 who are not enrolled in school and have attained a bachelor’s degree or highe

    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.

  • What College Tuition Will Look Like in 18 Years Friday, 25 May 2012 | 11:13 AM ET

    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.

  • Slowly, as Student Debt Rises, Colleges Confront Costs Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 1:50 PM ET
    cost of education

    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.

  • Student Loan Bill? Not So Fast. Monday, 30 Apr 2012 | 4:53 AM ET
    US Capitol Building

    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.

  • Even After Bankruptcy, Trapped by Student Debt Wednesday, 25 Apr 2012 | 4:57 PM ET

    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.

  • Student Loans: The Next Bailout? Wednesday, 25 Apr 2012 | 8:49 AM ET

    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.

  • Karsten: Will Student Debt Lead to a Financial Crisis? Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012 | 11:47 AM ET

    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.

  • Santelli's Take on 'Debt Forgiveness'     Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012 | 11:09 AM ET

    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.

  • Suze Orman’s Rules for Lending Money Thursday, 8 Mar 2012 | 10:18 AM ET
    If someone asks you to lend them money, think before you act. 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.Financial expert Suze Orman lays out her 10 rules for lending money — rules she says must never be altered. They will help you determine if you are in a position to lend or give money, and if so, how to go about doing it.“Live by [these] rules and one day you will be happy that you did,” she sa

    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.

  • Student Loan Crisis Busts Savings Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 | 3:42 PM ET
    Jerry Lewis

    Parents who borrow money to pay for their children's college education are exacerbating a growing student loan crisis.

  • Getting Americans Working Again     Thursday, 22 Dec 2011 | 8:15 AM ET

    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's 20 Under 20     Thursday, 15 Dec 2011 | 4:33 PM ET

    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.

  • Most Expensive US College Dorms Thursday, 15 Dec 2011 | 12:01 PM ET
    When people lament the rising cost of a college education, they’re usually talking about tuition. Now,  an online resource for college students, has published  that shows that a bed and three square meals a day aren’t cheap either.The priciest dorms are largely in New York and California, where a place to live has never been cheap.The dorm prices show that this sometimes overlooked higher education cost can not only exceed $13,000 per academic year, but in some cases it can almost equal the pric

    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.

  • 'The Ultimate Scholarship' — Free Tuition...for Life? Thursday, 8 Dec 2011 | 10:06 AM ET

    A university in the United Kingdom is having a competition where one person will win a "free tutition for life."

  • New Careers After 40 Thursday, 17 Nov 2011 | 3:27 PM ET
    Life may begin at 40, but job searches that begin at that age can be discouraging. After all, it’s not the job market that it used to be. Entire professions are disappearing, and the labor market is flooded with unmarried, childless, eager young applicants whose salary requirements are generally lower.Despite this grim scenario, older workers shouldn’t despair. They bring such hard-won assets as experience and discipline to the table, and the people doing the hiring know it. “Savvy employers are

    CNBC.com spoke with experts in tech, human resources, and finance to determine which professions are best for workers over 40.