College US: Personal Finance: Education

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    According to recently released reports from the College Board, most students and their families can expect to pay, on average, from $108 to $1,398 more than what they paid in 2008 for this year's tuition and fees, depending on the type of college.  And with inflation rates continuing to increase, these costs will likely double and even triple in the years to come.  Although these costs are quite daunting, there are ways that parents and kids can prepare themselves for the sticker shock of attending college. 

  • What’s the tipping point for student loans?  When they go from being an investment in your future to an anchor dragging you down?  When does it make sense to go into a certain amount of debt—debt that you cannot get rid of EVER, even in bankruptcy—and when does a lot of student loan debt become too much?

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    Find information on loans, scholarships and much more.

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    The majority of college students have to take on debt to get through school. But not all student loans are made equal.

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    Don’t be afraid to saddle your kids with some loans, Carmen says. It's better than risking your retirement.

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    Good planning and an understanding of a very complicated system of saving for college and getting aid can earn and save you thousands.

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    This week we're focusing on how to finance college tuition in today's market - because it's one bill you cannot skip.

  • Education Secretary Margaret Spellings explains the government's new student loan plan.

  • Many private student loans offer prizes, gifts and perks for applying – but some of the loan companies get a failing grade.

  • How to prepare for paying for college, no matter how old your kids are.

  • What college students - and their parents - should learn.

  • Room and board, books, beer -- a freshman's got a lot of costs to contend with. Here's how to cut down on the important ones.

  • A former loan officer explains how to get the most from your financial aid.

  • In some places, it's financially savvier to buy a place for your college-bound kid than pay for the dorms.

  • We can't afford to continue to let our kids grow up without knowing how to manage money. Maybe it’s time to revive Home Economics—of a different sort.