College

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

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