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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

Millennials 'overwhelmed' by debt

Student loans. Credit cards. Four out of 10 millennials feel as if they are drowning in debt, according to a recent Wells Fargo survey.  More

Half of college grads still relying on parents' money

Students who graduated college amid the throes of the recession are still struggling to make it on their own.  More

Few benefit from Obama's student loan program

Repayment plans that cap monthly payments and forgive loans after 10 to 25 years have existed on the books since the 1990s. But only about 9% of eligible borrowers have used the program.  More

Obama expected to promise student loan relief

President Obama will announce on Monday an expansion of a program that helps student loan borrowers manage their debt, a White House official said.  More

Grandparents give big to grandkids' college funds

Even as they struggle to fund their own retirement dreams, many grandparents are making it a priority to help their grandkids pay for college.  More

Fewer students will have jobs on graduation day

The class of 2014 expects to make bigger bucks than those who graduated the year before, but fewer of them have actually gotten a job.  More

College grads in far deeper overall debt

Those who graduate with student loans are likely to rack up car loans and credit card debt too, and end up with almost twice the overall debt load than those who graduated debt free.  More

Military to get refunds on overcharged student loans

Some 60,000 active-duty service members could their get money back.  More

Student loans to cost more this fall

Loan rates will start to edge up this fall, and will increase over the years.  More

Grads with more debt are less happy

Student loan debt isn't just a financial burden for college grads, it's actually having a negative impact on overall happiness and well-being.  More

Students cry foul over athlete unions

Northwestern football players will vote Friday on forming a union, but a survey indicates that non-athletes on college campuses are worried that the costs will go up for everyone if student-athletes are treated like employees.  More

Grads hit with defaults when co-signers die, go bankrupt

Student loan borrowers are suddenly being thrown into default and told to repay their loan in full when the co-signer on their loan -- often a parent or grandparent -- dies or files for bankruptcy.  More

College savings gap widens among rich and poor

A growing divide is forming among college savers. While many middle and upper-class families are saving more for college, lower income families are still struggling to save anything at all.  More

Colleges with the best bang for your buck

Tuition and student debt levels are soaring. So which schools provide the best return on your investment? These six topped Payscale's list.  More

Playing college sports: A long, tough job

NLRB ruling on Northwestern University football players' effort to join a union finds examples of 14-hour days and regular 60-hour weeks.  More

Colleges that offer the best return on your investment

Stanford offers the best deal for computer science majors, with a return of $1.7 million over the first 20 years of their career. Montclair State is best for education majors.  More

Graduate student loan debt is skyrocketing

Grad students borrowed $57,600 in 2012, a 43% increase from $40,209 in 2004, according to the New America Foundation.  More

States, federal government cracking down on for-profit colleges

Attorneys general from across the country are investigating for-profit colleges accused of leaving students with heavy loan debt and without marketable job skills post-graduation.  More

529 college savings hits record high

Amid a soaring stock market and improving economy, college savings stashed in 529 plans hit a record $227 billion last year, while the average account balance climbed to $19,600.  More

2 million students missing out on college aid

Millions of college students are missing out on college financial aid because they aren't filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, known as FAFSA, a new analysis finds.  More

New ways colleges target rich alumni

Targeting alumni for donations is big business for colleges and universities -- and schools are getting more savvy with their tactics.  More

Can free community college save the U.S. economy?

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam certainly seems to think so.  More

Biggest college endowments get even bigger

College endowments made a comeback last year, gaining an average 11.7% in fiscal 2013, according to a report released Tuesday.  More

These colleges will pay your student loan bills

A small but growing group of colleges are guaranteeing students that they'll help them pay their student loan bills until they secure a well-paying job.  More

Obama seeks to help poor students, but policies favor rich: opinion

A White House push to increase college enrollment among low-income students comes as universities and government policies are increasingly favoring high-income over low-income students, according to Jon Marcus at the Hechinger Report.  More

Ivies, other colleges to court more low-income students

At a White House summit on college costs, President Obama announced that some of the nation's most expensive and prestigious colleges have plans in place to boost enrollments and graduation rates of low-income students.  More

New website helps students find paid freelance work

Fed up with unpaid internships, thousands of U.S. students are using a new website to help them find paid freelance gigs.  More

Millennials turn up heat against low wages

Young, educated Americans stuck in low-wage jobs have been turning toward union-backed protests.  More

Colleges now tying president pay to graduation, hiring rates

Taking a page from the corporate playbook, colleges are beginning to tie merit raises to how well presidents meet performance targets.  More

More private college presidents earning over $1 million

A record 42 private-college presidents saw their earnings top $1 million in 2011, according to a report released Sunday by the Chronicle of Higher Education.  More

Credit card issuers still cashing in on college students, alums

While government reform has significantly curtailed the number of credit cards being offered on college campuses, card issuers and universities are still cashing in.  More

Homeless college students seek shelter during breaks

Thousands of college students are homeless, with no place to call home when classes aren't in session. But now one state senator and a handful of colleges are trying to prevent them from falling through the cracks.  More

Save for retirement or pay for your kid's college?

With the cost of attending a four-year college easily inching into the six figures these days, you might be tempted to dip into your retirement savings to help cover your child's education. But doing so could be a costly mistake.  More

Average student loan debt: $29,400

Student loan debt is continuing to pile up on America's college graduates, averaging $29,400 per student last year.  More

Will for-profit colleges bounce back?

After years of criticism over fraudulent claims, high costs, and shady recruiting practices, for-profit colleges like the University of Phoenix and Strayer Education have seen declines in enrollment and have been forced to slash tuition.  More

Harvard's deficit skyrockets to $34 million

Harvard faces pressure from increased cost for salaries and benefits at a time when federal government is cutting back grants.  More

Battle brewing over cost comparison site for colleges

While some applaud College Abacus' cost comparison site for its ease of use and transparency, others say it is trying to profit from colleges' proprietary information -- and several schools have blocked it from accessing their prices.  More

'I graduated with thousands of dollars left over'

While millions of Americans are drowning in student loan debt, some students are actually graduating with thousands of extra dollars to burn -- thanks to scholarships and aid that exceeded their college costs.  More

10 most expensive colleges

These colleges carry the highest price tags in the nation, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.  More

State colleges see smallest tuition hike since 1975

In-state tuition at public four-year colleges averaged $8,900 for the 2013-2014 academic year, an increase of just 2.9%, the College Board reported Wednesday. That's a dramatic slowdown from the previous decade's average annual growth rate of 8%, and the smallest increase since 1975.  More

Panic over online college application glitches

Early college admission deadlines are here, but issues with the Common Application are threatening to derail the whole process.  More

Tips on winning a scholarship

Three award winners and two grant experts offer advice for improving the chances of nabbing more tuition help.  More

More universities now admitting undocumented students

A growing number of top universities are allowing undocumented students on their campuses.  More

Cheaper college loans, for now

Financing a college education just got a little bit cheaper. Here's what you can expect to save.  More

More Americans feel graduates unprepared after college

Although a majority of Americans believe a college degree is important for career success, they're increasingly skeptical schools are doing a good enough job to prepare students for the economy.  More

World's Top Employers for New Grads

Google tops our exclusive list of where college students around the world most want to work after graduation.  More

Colleges with the highest-paid grads

From Harvey Mudd to the U.S. Naval Academy, graduates with bachelor's degrees from these colleges and universities earn the highest salaries in the country, according to PayScale.com.  More
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