Student Debt

How I Squandered My Inheritance at Age 18

Lyn Roman inherited a small trust fund, and spent it all in a year. But the lessons she learned from her mistakes, and how she bounced back from them, have been priceless.

The Huge Costs of Student Loan Debt

Student debt in the U.S. exceeds $1 trillion. That doesn't just spell trouble for graduates--it has serious consequences for all of us. DailyFinance's Bruce Watson explains.

Young Adults are Too Broke to Get Loans

Young adults are in less debt than they were a decade ago, but it's not because they've suddenly become fiscally responsible. It's because their shaky economic status keeps them from qualifying for loans.

Money Troubles: Who's Hurting the Most in Today's Economy

The sluggish economy has made money tighter across the nation, but, no surprise, the pain isn't being shared equally. A recent survey from Bankrate asked Americans how they're feeling about their finances, and reveals which groups are struggling the most.

A Better Source for College Loans May Be Just Around the Corner

It can be tough to find the money to pay for college, and the federal government's flexible, low-interest student loans often aren't enough. In the past, that has only left the option of private loans, with painfully higher rates. But now, hundreds of community groups are getting into the action.

Debtors' Prison Is Back, and Just as Cruel as Ever

To most of us, "debtors' prison" may sound like something straight out of a Dickens novel. But across the country today, predatory lenders are using a legal loophole to manipulate courts into jailing poor citizens who legitimately cannot pay what they owe.