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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.

Top 10 Private Colleges That Won't Bust Your Budget

You don't have to pay a fortune, or rely on financial aid, to attend a top-quality private college or university. These 10 have the lowest sticker price among Kiplinger's best values in private universities and liberal arts colleges.

More Colleges Offering Tuition Breaks

Recognizing the tight financial situation many American students and their families are facing, a growing number of private and public colleges are offering discounted tuition in an effort to attract more students.

How to Go to College Without Going Broke

Between rising tuition and a weak job market, some pundits argue that higher education isn't worth the money anymore. But college grads on average earn more than twice as much as workers with only a high school diploma. So how can you get a degree without spending the rest of your life in debt?

Are College Cost Calculators Flunking the Math?

Oct. 29 is the deadline for U.S. colleges to put "net price calculators" on their websites -- tools intended to estimate the real cost of attending for each specific student. But the most widely adopted calculator is inaccurate -- to the tune of thousands of dollars, experts say.

3 Ways to Make the Most of a Payroll Tax Cut

Although GOP senators have blocked action on Obama's $447 billion jobs bill, parts of it may yet get enacted, including an extension and expansion of a payroll tax cut that would put hundreds of dollars more a year in the pockets of ordinary American workers. Here are three smart ways for you to earmark that cash for your future.

Budgeting for Baby: Money Advice for New Parents

A pair of soon-to-be parents wrote DailyFinance's Laura Rowley looking for "a good technique for budgeting with a newborn or just budgeting period." With the cost of raising a child just to 17 estimated at more than $250,000, they're smart to be thinking about those money issues early.

Pell Grant Backers Rally to Fight GOP Funding Cuts

More than 1 million of America's poorest college students may have to take out bigger loans, find another way to pay tuition, or drop out in 2012, if Republican budget cuts are passed that shrink the government's Pell grant program. But supporters are mobilizing in an online rally Monday for "Save Pell Day."

529s: What's New With College Savings Plans

With graduation season around the corner, what better time to review your 529 college-savings plans? Here's why you'll definitely want to check the status of those funds now.

Rutgers U.: Where You Pay Extra to Learn from Snooki

College tuition is already absurdly high even before you start adding on the extra fees. But with students graduating deeper in debt every year, it could be time to draw the line. Let's start with the mandatory fee at Rutgers for the fund that paid $32,000 to bring Snooki to campus.

Are Young People Too Afraid of Student Loan Debt?

The authors of the new book "Not Quite Adults," Richard Settersten and Barbara E. Ray make what sounds like an crazy argument: Young people today are too afraid to borrow for college. And when you dig a little deeper into it, you realize that it actually is crazy.

Five Ways Women Sabotage Their Financial Futures

While both men and women are prone to a variety of costly financial blunders, many women seem to be plagued with a gender-specific set of tendencies that sabotages their relationship with money. Here's are women's most common financial missteps -- and how to avoid them.

Got College Scholarship Questions? Mark Kantrowitz Has Answers

From online databases to essay-writing tips, college scholarship expert Mark Kantrowitz, founder of free scholarship-matching service Fastweb.com, has scads of advice for the many ways students can boost their odds of winning money to pay for college.

NYU Protest Over Student Loan Debt Missed the Point

It's absolutely worth protesting that New York University graduates leave the school with an average of $33,487 in student loan debt. But T-shirts and moments of silence aren't going to change anything. If they were smart and savvy, those undergrads would vote with their feet.

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.

Which Colleges Have the 'Best' Professors? It Doesn't Matter

The Center For College Affordability analyzed reviews of professors posted by college students on RateMyProfessors.com, and put together a list of the colleges with the worst professors, and the best. The results are surprising -- and they shouldn't impact which school you send your kids to.

Why to Ditch Out On Early-Decision College Agreements

More parents are realizing they don't need to ruin themselves financially for their children's education. But what if you have that epiphany after your kid has applied to her first-choice school early decision? If they accept her, she's committed, right? Wrong. You can -- and should -- break the contract.

Of Four Loko and Student Loans: An Accountability Crisis

Under the threat of an FDA ban, the makers of alcoholic energy drink Four Loko are changing its recipe to remove caffeine, guarana and taurine. But the only problem a ban of Four Loko would solve is to save young people from thinking they have personal responsibility for their choices -- again.

Stop Stressing About Your Kid's College Admissions

As a new wave of high school students enter the college admissions horse race, here's a bit of advice for their parents: Stop looking at your kid and worrying about why he doesn't seem interested in getting into a top school. Instead, look in the mirror and worry about why you do care so much.

Are Student Credit Cards Really That Big of a Deal?

card companies, leading some to wonder if college students are being exploited by the industry. But here are the real numbers: The average college student graduates with about $4,100 in credit card debt, and $24,000 in student loans. Which is the bigger problem?

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.

The Smartest Bet in Higher Education: Community College

Ask anyone you know where the smartest people go to college. Chances are you'll get all the same answers: Harvard, MIT, Yale, etc. But what's smarter than saving $100,000 and getting an education that is just as good, and perhaps even better, than you can get at many top universities?