Education and You 2008

  • 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.

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    There are a number of ways for parents to save for college tuition,  but so-called 529 plans are probably the best. Though you might need to study up on the terms and choices, the plans provide enough tax advantages to make it worth your while.

  • Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., stands on stage prior to speaking about her health care policy, Monday, Sept. 17, 2007, at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    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.

  • Some of the top universities in the country are slashing or eliminating tuition costs, expanding financial aid and generally rethinking the affordability equation.

  • 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.

  • Barack Obama

    The continuing federal bailout of Wall Street is undermining prospects that the next administration will tackle one of the nation's biggest education problems — that higher education effectively excludes some 400,000 academically qualified students every year.

  • Young Employees

    Which careers are better for people who care about family and loved ones as much or more than their precious careers?

  • Reed College

    With their endowments ravaged by the financial markets and more students clamoring for assistance, private colleges like Reed are making numerous changes this year in staff, students, tuition and classes that they hope will tide them over without harming their reputations or their educational goals.

  • Ivy Leagues at a Bargain

    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.'s Brooke Sopelsa reports.

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    Many times over the past several months, I have opened a newspaper or tuned into a show to hear opponents of health care reform say that it’s not that they oppose universal health care – they just don’t want to pay for it.  Why, they argue, should they have to pay higher taxes when they are perfectly satisfied with the way the current system benefits them?

  • China Retail

    The back-to-school shopping season has begun and although spending is expected to decrease in most categories, industry analysts anticipate seeing growth in PCs and consumer electronics.

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    The huge cost of a higher education—plus the need by many laid off workers to learn new skills—has sparked a sharp increase in online education. And online degrees, especially from well-known institutions, are gaining acceptance among employers.