If you’re in the market for a student loan, there's more federal funding out there than you may think. You may just have to look a little harder.
When it comes to selecting a 529 plan from the dozens that exist, there’s no one-size-fits-all formula. Ultimately, it depends on your savings goals, tolerance for risk and time horizon for your child heading off to college.
The steadily rising costs of higher education – roughly twice the inflation rate – makes it a permanent part of the iron cross of American worries, joining concerns about retirement, health care and jobs.
With the credit crunch likely to grind on for some time Washington is dusting off a lender-of-last-resort plan to provide for an uninterrupted supply of government-subsidized college student loans.
Tuition at private universities has skyrocketed, increasing at twice the rate of inflation, but a number of elite colleges - most recently Columbia - are taking steps to make tuition more affordable. CNBC.com's Brooke Sopelsa reports.