College

529 plans may soon cover more college expenses

Last week, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would expand benefits offered by the college savings plans to include coverage of expenses like computers and Internet access, among other things. And there is bipartisan support for it in the Senate, too.  More

'Corinthian 15' launch 'debt strike' over student loans

A handful of former students, banded together as the "Corinthian 15," are claiming to be "made poor by the business of education" are protesting their student loans by refusing to pay them.  More

The rich are 8 times likelier to graduate college than the poor

Some 77% of students from wealthy families graduated college by age 24, but only 9% of those from poor families did, a new study found  More

Corinthian students get $480 million in debt relief

Current and former students who now owe money on high-cost, private loans offered by the for-profit college will immediately see their bills reduced by 40%.  More

Six ways to get free money for college

President Obama's plan to make community college free is only a proposal. If the dream doesn't come true, here are other ways to get money for college.  More

Obama wants to cut 27 questions from the much-hated FAFSA

President Obama wants to make the FAFSA easier by cutting 27 tough questions from the application form.  More

Obama proposes scaling back benefits of 529 college savings plans

The President has proposed removing a key tax-saving feature.  More

Does free community college work?

President Obama's ambitious play to make community college free nationwide stems from a program that Knoxville has been heading up since 2008.  More

Obama wants community college to be free

President Obama is expected to make a formal announcement tomorrow in Tennessee about his proposal to make the first two years of community college free.  More

Everybody rallied to pay off this family's $200,000 in debt

After losing their daughter to liver failure and getting hit with $200,000 in student loans, the Mason family is finally getting financial relief.  More

Want to get rich? Use your savings to invest, not pay off student loans

Paying the minimum on my student debt and investing my savings has made me tens of thousands of dollars.  More

These college presidents make at least $1 million

Pay for presidents at private colleges rose 2.5% in 2012, according to a new report from The Chronicle of Higher Education.  More

How I paid off my student loans at 26

I only make $36,000 a year, but all the skimping was worth it to be debt free.  More

U.S. losing its appeal for foreign students

American universities are becoming less desirable for foreign students, according to a new global migration report.  More

Foreign name? Expect a tougher job hunt

Job seekers with foreign-sounding names have to send out twice as many resumes as other candidates before landing an interview.  More

More food banks serve hungry college students

Financial aid often doesn't cover the cost of tuition, rent and food. That's why the number of food pantries on college campuses for students has soared.  More

Berkeley students protest UC tuition hike

U.C. Berkeley students are protesting a plan to hike tuition by 5% every year for the next five years. The move comes as state funding for the university system has dried up in California's budget crunch.  More

10 most expensive colleges

These schools charge the most for tuition and fees, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.  More

Ivory Tower: Student Debt Crisis

With America facing a student debt crisis, is college worth the cost? Ivory Tower. Thursday Nov. 20th 9p ET.  Play

College tuition hikes lowest since 1970s

On average, students will pay $9,139 to attend a state school this year -- or about 2.9% more than it cost last year.  More

These students are paid to go to college

Apprenticeship2000 has a new model for higher education, it's a hybrid program in which students are paid to work part-time at a manufacturing company while taking classes.  Play

This is how an online college gets made

Here's how a MOOC -- massive open online courses -- gets made.  Play

Does the GI Bill even work?

The GI Bill provides more than $10 billion a year in education and job training programs, but there is almost no data to show whether it's actually helping veterans.  More

Coding bootcamp: A college alternative

DevBootCamp is an intensive 19 week program that's designed to teach coding to people with zero experience at a fraction of the cost of a university education.  Play

My college degree is worthless

Students across the country are shelling out tens of thousands of dollars to for-profit colleges and graduating with degrees that they say are completely worthless.  More

Wall Street firm pushes for student loan forgiveness

BlackRock proposes stimulating the economy by erasing some student debt for first-time homebuyers.  More

Dirty tricks of the student loan industry

A financial regulator highlighted a string of servicing practices it didn't like.  More

I'm paying for grad school with GoPro and Tesla stock

Well-timed bets on GoPro, Netflix and Tesla generated almost $50,000 in winnings for this 29-year-old.  More

Business schools are on a hiring spree

Over 15,000 business professors have joined the ranks since 2008.  More

Debt has some college students thinking about dropping out

Nearly half of students surveyed said they're thinking about quitting school because they're worried about debt.  More

Paying for college with plastic costs more than you think

Even if you avoid the sky-high interest rates, schools charge a fee for using plastic that could cost a private school student an extra $3,000 over four years.  More

Want a job on Wall Street? Go to UPenn or Georgetown

A degree from the 'right school' is still helpful to land a job in finance. But making it to the top takes more than the right resume.  More

Student loan default rate drops to 13.7%

But Education Secretary Arne Duncan says there are still too many students defaulting.  More

Hey Occupy Wall Street, abolish my debt too!

As Occupy Wall Street goes on its debt-abolishing tear, thousands of people across the country are begging them to forgive their loans.  More

Top 20 colleges with most billionaire alumni

These schools count the most number of billionaires as undergraduate alumni.  More

Occupy abolishes $4 million in other people's student loan debt

Occupy Wall Street offshoot Strike Debt says it has abolished nearly $4 million in private student loan debt for students who attended Everest College, part of Corinthian Colleges.  More

U.S. to Corinthian Colleges: Forgive $500 million in student loans

The CFPB is suing Corinthian for "illegal predatory lending" and is demanding that the school forgive more than $500 million in private loans that it loaned to students since July of 2011 so they could enroll.  More

Student debt over $50K is on the rise

More Americans are taking out 'mega loans' to go to college. It's costly, but they still say it's worth it.  More

Colleges with the highest-paid grads

Graduates with bachelor's degrees from these U.S. colleges earn some of the highest salaries in the country, according to a report from PayScale.  More

Senior citizens owe $18 billion in student loans

Student loan debt among seniors has shot up by more than 600% since 2005, according to a new government report.  More

40 million Americans now have student loan debt

Student loan debt has increased 84% to $1.2 trillion since 2008, with a record number of Americans now carrying at least one student loan, according to new analysis from credit bureau Experian.  More

Princeton once again tops list of best schools

Ivies League colleges and private universities continue domination of national higher education rankings.  More

Help wanted: College degree not needed

Hiring of recent college grads has flatlined, but the degrees are still worth it, says New York Fed report.  More

School-hopping alumni aren't giving back to colleges

As more students jump from school to school, it's becoming harder for colleges and universities to solicit the all-important alumni donations.  More

Big student loans? Consider life insurance

If you're taking out big student loans, it might make sense to purchase life insurance while you're at it.  More

I'm 57 and owe $152,000 in student loans

Rosemary Anderson represents the 50-and-over crowd, who owns 17% of the $1.2 trillion outstanding student loan debt -- a 30% increase since 2005.  More

University president takes $90,000 pay cut to give 24 workers a raise

It will boost pay for 24 low wage workers on campus, including custodians, grounds keepers, and clerical workers. They will now earn $10.25 an hour, up from Kentucky's minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.  More

Students and parents borrowing less to pay for college

While college costs and student loan bills have soared in the past decade, some students and their families are finding ways to spend (and borrow) less.  More

Grieving parents drowning in $200,000 student loan debt receive relief

The Mason family, which has been struggling to pay the $100,000 student loan bill they were left with when their daughter passed away five years ago, is now seeing an outpouring of support.  More

Weddings? Babies? Now college kids are registering for gifts too

Gift registries aren't just for weddings and baby showers. More and more college-bound students are directing family and friends to their online registries.  More

Grieving parents hit with $200,000 in student loans

Steve Mason, a pastor from California, inherited more than $100,000 in student loan debt when his 27-year-old daughter died suddenly in 2009. With interest and late penalties, the debt has since ballooned to $200,000.  More

Want to study pot? There's a school for that

The Northeastern Institute of Cannabis, located in Natick, Mass., plans to begin accepting applications in July and to open its doors in September.  More

Employers value skills over college degrees, workers say

Your college degree is less important to your employer than the skills you've picked up post-graduation, according to Glassdoor's quarterly employee confidence survey.  More

Chinese students found cheating to get into U.S. colleges

As the number of Chinese students seeking admission to U.S. colleges and universities explodes, admissions officials are encountering a large number of fraudulent applications, essays and transcripts.  More

Investors help the rich pay off student loans

Another sign that credit is only available to those who may need it the least? Bond investors can buy pools of loans backed by student debt of graduate students from Harvard.  More

Millennial-driven housing boom seen on the horizon

A Harvard study says economic gains may mean the boomerang generation is ready to head out their parents' homes for good.  More

Fewer parents helping to pay for college

Even though a college degree is still extremely important, fewer parents say they are planning to shell out their own money to help their kids attain one.  More

Starbucks workers could pay $23,000 for 4-year tuition

Starbucks and Arizona State University will share much of the costs for employees of the coffee retailer who are admitted to ASU's online program.  More

'Poor' tweet by federal lender prompts backlash

Posting a meme from the film Bridesmaids prompted the Federal Student Aid office to apologize  More

Drowning in student loan debt

Last week, President Obama proposed some relief for graduates with student loans. But for too many, decisions made in college on student loans continue to haunt them. Edited for clarity.  More

5 hourly jobs that'll help pay your tuition (besides Starbucks)

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said this week that he's the first to offer all employees free tuition. But there's plenty of other companies already offering their hourly workers money for their education.  More

Yes, a college degree is still worth it

Going to college still makes economic sense. A new report by Federal Reserve Bank of New York economists shows a big rate of return from a bachelor's degree.  More

Starbucks offers workers 2 years of free college

Coffee merchant says it will offer both full- and part-time employees a generous tuition reimbursement benefit that covers two full years of classes.  More

In-state students getting squeezed out at public universities

Coveted for the higher tuition they pay, the percentage of non-resident students admitted at major public universities has been on the rise, while the percentage of in-state students is shrinking.  More

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