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  • 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.

  • Occupy Wall Street Protesters Demand Student Loan Relief Wednesday, 12 Oct 2011 | 4:22 PM ET
    Occupy Wall Street

    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.

  • Innovation on Campus: Changing the DNA of Higher Education Wednesday, 28 Sep 2011 | 12:34 PM ET
    The Innovative University

    Real innovation isn’t common in higher education, especially at the most prestigious schools.

  • The Education of Millionaires

    "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."

  • For decades, we have often heard that the journey to career success requires a college degree. While we all want the best for our children, as parents, it is imperative that we pause to examine the educational myth that permeates society and choose whether or not to perpetuate this mentality.

  • Colleges With CEO Alumni Tuesday, 20 Sep 2011 | 5:12 PM ET
    “If you don’t do better in school, you won’t get into a good college.”This stern warning is intoned by parents the world over, as they shake their heads over a disappointing report cards dotted with the Cs and Ds. While this admonition is surely true, many parents aren’t sure what constitutes a “good school.” Most believe it’s one with name recognition--and not much else.One way a school can distinguish itself is by the track record of its graduates. Indeed, what is a better gauge of a school’s

    CNBC.com looked at the top ten colleges and discovered which CEOs spent time there as underclassmen. Check out what we found.

  • What $1 Million Buys You Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 | 6:30 PM ET
    Who hasn’t spent at least a few daydreaming moments fantasizing about spending money? Not just a few hundred bucks either, but huge, irresponsible sums of money, all on completely unnecessary luxury items? Most of us probably have, but sadly, reality tends to intervene. Just as we’re settling into a meditation about a chartered plane jetting us off to Aruba, the memory of that unpaid and overdue $250 phone bill intrudes and throws cold water on the fantasy.If one were to make a completely uneduc

    $1 million isn’t what it used to be, in part because a lot of people don’t know how far it can go, and the amount of time and effort that it would take to spend it.

  • What's An Online MBA Degree Really Worth? Tuesday, 19 Jul 2011 | 12:46 PM ET

    Call it the Cadillac of online MBA degrees.

  • If you give an 18-year-old $100,000 not to go to college, will you create the next Mark Zuckerberg? That's what venture capitalist and technology entrepreneur Peter Thiel wants to do with the "20 Under 20" project funded by his foundation.

  • Are You a World Traveler? Tuesday, 17 May 2011 | 10:16 AM ET

    Show us how much you know about the travel industry.

  • Financing Your Child's Tuition     Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 10:27 AM ET

    With graduation around the corner, Mark Vandevelde, of Hefty Wealth Partners, shares three investment vehicles to help pay for your child's college.

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