Cost of college

What Kate's Royal Pregnancy Is Reminding Us About Raising Kids

The announcement of Kate Middleton's pregnancy this week was joyous for the Windsor family and royal-watchers alike. But all the fuss around the story hides an uncomfortable truth: For many of us, having an heir is getting unaffordably expensive and folks feeling the pinch are putting it off.

Obama Decries Rising Cost of College Education

President Barack Obama called Friday for an overhaul of the higher education financial aid system, warning that colleges and universities that fail to control spiraling tuition costs could lose federal funds.

Tips for Pricing a College Before You Apply

How do you avoid sending your kid off into the world without a pile of student loan debt? One key is to figure out the real, bottom-line price of a specific college -- before you apply. DailyFinance's Laura Rowley explains.

Finding the Best (and Worst) Deals in College Tuition

Putting kids through college is something most parents expect will cost a bundle -- and it does. Just take a look at the Department of Education's College Affordability and Transparency website, which gives the lowdown on the costs, as well as trends in tuition rates. It's not a pretty picture.

Is a Degree From a Top College Worth the Price?

For years now, private college tuition has risen far faster than inflation, a fact that colleges have used a fancy theory called Baumol's Law to explain away. Unfortunately for families who pay over $200,000 to send a child to one of those schools, the comparative value of the education rarely justifies the higher price.

Public Colleges Lead to Much Lower Student Loan Debt

There's data out there showing that, on average, private college graduates don't graduate with that much more debt than public college graduates. But the rosy numbers don't tell the whole story, and what they leave out is costing students and their families tens of thousands of dollars.

Want to Go to College in New York City? Be Ready to Pay

A lot of high school students dream of going to college in New York City, and who can blame them? The problem is you'll most likely pay dearly for the privilege. And chances are you may take an awfully long time to recoup that investment.