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  • Smithfield CEO on the Hot Seat     Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 | 1:47 PM ET

    Smithfield Foods CEO Larry Pope is testifying before the Senate Agriculture Committee today over concerns about its sale to a Chinese meat producer. Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley (R), offers insight.

  • Higher student loan rate may still be best option Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 | 5:00 AM ET

    Students scrambling to find an alternative to the student loans that recently got a lot pricier may want to save their energy. Even at the higher rate, a Stafford loan is still a good deal.

  • Congress Is Back, With a Full Bickering Agenda Monday, 8 Jul 2013 | 5:58 PM ET

    Lawmakers returned to fights over presidential nominations, student loans and the farm bill, and to the question of whether they can pass immigration reform.

  • What Doubling of Student Loan Rates Means For You Monday, 1 Jul 2013 | 4:59 PM ET
    Interns from around the city protest near the Senate steps to urge the Senate to act on a House passed bill, Smarter Solutions for Students Act, which would prevent student loan interest rates from doubling.

    Congress failed to reach a deal on student loans. Some federal student loans doubled to nearly 7 percent. Here are some points to consider about the student loan rate increase.

  • Student Loan Rates Double     Monday, 1 Jul 2013 | 1:45 PM ET

    CNBC's Hampton Pearson reports that interest rates on new subsidized Stafford loans are doubling to 6.8 percent after a bipartisan Senate group failed to agree on a plan.

  • Senator Gives an 'F' to Student Loan Rate Jump Monday, 1 Jul 2013 | 12:10 PM ET

    Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., called a student loan rate increase "absurd" and proposed a rate freeze.

  • Student Loan Rates Double Today     Monday, 1 Jul 2013 | 10:36 AM ET

    Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT) discusses a bill he co-sponsored that would restore the student loan rate to 3.4% and explains why it should be the first order of business after the Senate's recess.

  • No Deal Yet on Student Loan Rates     Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 | 7:25 PM ET

    The Senate passed the immigration bill, and it is on its way to the House; and a deadline is fast approaching for a deal that would keep student loan rates steady, reports CNBC's Seema Mody.

  • Student Loan Rate Hike Looming     Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 | 2:45 PM ET

    Radford University misspelled "Virginia" on its 2013 diplomas, reports CNBC's Brian Sullivan; and Sharon Epperson reports interest rates on federal student loans will jump from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent if Congress does not act.

  • Congress Likely to Miss Student Loan Deadline Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 | 2:02 PM ET

    Two groups of senators planned to release proposals to prevent student loan rates from doubling but it is unlikely that either will strike a deal to prevent the increase on July 1.

  • Student Loan Crisis     Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 | 1:12 PM ET

    Student loan rates are set to double if Congress doesn't act by July 1st, with CNBC's Sharon Epperson.

  • Student Loan Rates Set to Double on July 1st     Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 | 11:35 AM ET

    Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) discusses his views on why the government should not profit from student loans, but should be viewed as an investment in the nation's future instead.

  • Student Loan Rates Set to Double in 4 Days     Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 | 8:17 AM ET

    The clock is ticking on more than 7 million students applying for Stafford loans, reports CNBC's Hampton Pearson.

  • All-America Survey: College Worth the Cost?     Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013 | 11:14 AM ET

    According to the results of a current CNBC survey, Americans now have overwhelming doubts about the value of a four-year education, reports CNBC's Steve Liesman.

  • Boehner to Obama: Press Dems on Student Loan Rates Friday, 21 Jun 2013 | 3:03 PM ET

    The House speaker urged the president to push Democrats to back a move to switch student loan interest rates to a market-based system before they double.

  • Report: Student Loan 'Debt Relief' Firms Mislead Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013 | 6:49 PM ET

    Many student loan debtors are tricked into paying up to $1,600 in fees to firms offering "debt relief" services that they could get for free, according to a report.

  • A+ for Market-Based Student Loan Rates     Friday, 31 May 2013 | 7:44 PM ET

    Discussing market-based student loan rates with Doug Holtz-Eakin of American Action Forum, Democratic strategist Jimmy Williams and Kellyanne Conway of The Polling Co.

  • A College Saving Plan Still Eludes Many Americans Monday, 27 May 2013 | 8:10 AM ET

    While American families search for ways to make their college dollars go further, a new study finds that a majority of Americans still don't know what a 529 college savings plan is.

  • The Young & the Jobless     Friday, 24 May 2013 | 7:52 PM ET

    Former Education Secretary Bill Bennett has a new book, "Is College Worth It?" Bennett discusses what's discouraging students, including prohibitively high tuition.

  • House Votes to Tie Student Loan Rates to Market Thursday, 23 May 2013 | 5:27 PM ET

    The Republican-dominated House of Representatives on Thursday voted to switch federal student loan interest rates to a market-based system.