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  • 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.

  • Thiel Fellowship: School vs. Silicon Valley     Monday, 13 Aug 2012 | 10:55 AM ET

    Thiel Fellow finalist, Connor Zwick discusses his decision to drop out of college to pursue his dream of building a successful business.

  • 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.

  • 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.