College

Which comes first -- student loans or 401(k)?

If your employer offers a 401(k) match, fund it, then tackle the student loans -- assuming you don't have high-interest debt.  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

Grow a bigger college fund

To earn the best returns on college savings accounts -- a.k.a 529 plans -- you'll need to weigh tax breaks vs. better performance and lower costs.  More

Prepaid tuition plans - another option for college savers

For the conservative investor, a prepaid tuition plan offers an alternative to 529 plans -- with the same tax benefits.  More

Millennials turn up heat against low wages

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

Are savings bonds a tax-free way to pay for school?

Tapping savings bonds to pay for grad school, and paying ordinary income tax on the interest, may not be burdensome.  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

Bentley's 200 mph family sedan

Sure, it's roomy and comfortable but this big, heavy car is also surprisingly quick and nimble.  More

Nab more cash for college

Four key strategies may lead you to a winning formula for scoring private funds to help pay tuition.  More

10 big money scholarships few apply for

Check out these ten scholarships with less than average competition and higher than average awards.  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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