Education and You 2011

  • Smart Money Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 1:22 PM ET
    Education and You 2011 - A CNBC Special Report

    Millions of of American high school juniors are starting their college search, while seniors are deciding which school they'll actually attend.  In both cases, Mom and Dad might be tempted to vote with their wallets, hoping to pay for school without breaking the family bank.  These tips will help.

  • More and more people are questioning the practicality of a traditional bachelor of arts degree as the United States struggles to create jobs in a global economy while U.S. colleges fail to contain tuition costs.

  • Five Ways to Save on College Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 1:28 PM ET

    You may have to work harder, and make more personal sacrifices, but you'll graduate with less debt.

  • The Hunt for Financial Aid Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 1:28 PM ET
    Uncle Sam and money

    There's more money than ever, but the competition has never been greater. So start your search early, be aggressive, and take advantage of all the public and private sources, from company scholarships to federal work-study programs.

  • The 411 on Saving for College: 529 Plans Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 1:42 PM ET

    There are several options available to help parents invest and save to cover tuition costs for their kids, but for most people the way to go is a 529 plan.

  • How to Pick the Right Plan Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 1:40 PM ET

    There's no shortage of choices, but your pick should be based on savings goals, risk tolerance and time horizon.

  • Is an Ivy League Education Really Worth It?
    By: Mark Koba
    Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 1:28 PM ET

    Ivy League schools may be a draw with other schools in terms of the quality of education they offer, say analysts. But if you are focused on securing a well-paying job, Ivy League colleges still offer some of the best opportunities to get ahead.


Interactive Features


  • Biggest Endowments Per Student Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 1:19 PM ET
    Though much is made of the sometimes staggering sums involved in college endowments, the size of the student body is also important because it gives you a better idea of the endowment's potential. And given the growing need for student financial aid, we thought it would be interesting to take a per-capita approach. To get an idea, CNBC.com sifted through new data from the National (NACUBO) and compared total endowment holdings to the total size of the student body, both undergraduate and graduat

    So, which colleges and universities have the biggest endowments compared to enrolled students? Find out!

  • America's Most Offbeat College Scholarships Thursday, 14 Jan 2010 | 1:36 PM ET
    Paying for an undergraduate education can be a costly endeavor, with parents often starting to save money even before their children are born. Although there are many ways to pay for college - grants, loans, tax-advantaged savings plans or simply out of pocket - nothing is more attractive than free money in the form of scholarships.There is a huge range of scholarships available in the U.S., and although most are quite conventional in their focus, some are more eccentric, as applicants must meet

    Paying for an undergraduate education can be a costly endeavor and scholarships are in high demand. So, what are some of the most offbeat college scholarships out there? Find out!

  • Colleges That Bring the Highest Paycheck 2011 Monday, 25 Jul 2011 | 11:05 AM ET
    Location, prestige, academic reputation and tuition are major factors for students in the college selection process, but post-graduate salary is something rarely taken into consideration. Although salaries depend heavily on a graduate’s field of work, companies are willing to pay a premium for students hailing from the nation’s top universities. But which undergraduate institutions offer the most valuable educations? Recently, released a report on the highest salary potential among the nation’s

    Although salaries depend heavily on a graduate’s field of work, companies are willing to pay a premium for students hailing from the nation’s top universities.

  • Most Expensive Colleges 2010-2011 Wednesday, 20 Oct 2010 | 1:29 PM ET
    If you think you're paying fortune for your kid's college education, you might want to take a look at these schools. Total cost at the priciest college is inching closer to $60,000 a year.Compiled by college news website , the colleges are ranked by the price of tuition plus the cost of room and board during the 2010-2011 school session , all of which is readily available to the public. The schools ranked are four-year undergraduate colleges and excludes junior colleges and music conservatories.

    As any parent knows, college can cost a small fortune.Here's the ten most expensive for the 2010-2011 acadmeic year, according to CollegeGrotto's annual list.

  • States With the Highest Student Debt Wednesday, 15 Dec 2010 | 3:05 PM ET
    In the U.S., a college education is largely viewed as an essential step to success, but it comes at quite a cost.According to the Project on Student Debt, an initiative of the Institute for College Access & Success in Oakland, Calif., the class of 2009 left school with an average debt per student of $24,000. That was up 6 percent from the year before, which is a similar average annual increase to the previous four years, even despite the market crashes and economic downturns of the past few year

    In the U.S., a college education is largely viewed as an essential step to success, but it comes at quite a cost. Here are the states with the highest student debt.


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