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College US: Personal Finance: Education

  • Back to School: Saving for College Friday, 31 Jul 2009 | 12:42 PM ET
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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. 

  • Carmen: Student Loans. What's Realistic? Monday, 13 Jul 2009 | 3:25 PM ET

    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.

  • Borrow Smart: The Best (and Worst) Student Loans Thursday, 12 Mar 2009 | 2:03 PM ET
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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.

  • Memo to Parents: How NOT to Pay for College Wednesday, 11 Mar 2009 | 4:27 PM ET
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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.

  • New Solutions for Student Loans Monday, 24 Nov 2008 | 9:17 PM ET

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

  • Borrower Beware: Student Loan Scam Alert Monday, 3 Nov 2008 | 9:14 PM ET

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

  • College Savings Strategies for Now (and Later) Tuesday, 28 Oct 2008 | 9:13 PM ET

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

  • Student Loans: Separating the Good From the Bad Tuesday, 9 Sep 2008 | 8:47 PM ET

    What college students - and their parents - should learn.

  • College Bound? Ways to Save on the Basics Thursday, 14 Aug 2008 | 8:55 PM ET

    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.

  • Financial Aid Tricks of the Trade Thursday, 14 Aug 2008 | 8:55 PM ET

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

  • Campus Cribs: Better to Buy? Thursday, 31 Jul 2008 | 3:45 PM ET

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

  • It Starts at Home Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 5:44 PM ET

    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.