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  • 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!

  • What to Tell Your College Kid About Credit Cards Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | 9:53 AM ET
    Credit card swipe

    College kids new to credit cards can ding their credit scores, inviting higher costs when taking on adult-size purchases, such as car loans and mortgages, down the road.

  • Lenders Mobilize to Help College Kids Manage Student Loans Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 11:24 AM ET

    As student debt explodes, private lenders, credit rating agencies, and nonprofits have begun offering consumer-friendly programs to take the financial anxiety out of college loans.

  • Coursera CEO Daphne Koller on New Platform     Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    CNBC's Julia Boorstin speaks to Daphne Koller, Coursera co-founder/co-CEO, about her company's business model, and why its grabbing the attention of students around the world.

  • 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.

  • 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.