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Saving For College Hits Record High

Tuitions are soaring, but parents are fighting back. College savings are at an all-time high, following a $25 billion jump between 2011 and 2012.

How Unwary Grandparents Can Wreck Your College Financial Aid

It's only getting harder for parents to pay for their children's college bills alone -- so help from generous relatives can be a godsend. But be warned: If the college savings plan grandpa is using isn't set up properly, that "help" can actually hurt the student's financial aid package.

Profiting from College: Tips to Avoid Moving Back in With Mom and Dad

In 2011, 45 percent of recent college grads were living with their parents. So for students hoping to graduate into a real job -- and a real apartment -- the question becomes how to get the biggest return on investment for their a college education while incurring the smallest possible debt.

Pop Quiz: Who Is Living America's Middle-Class Dream?

America's middle class has gotten a lot of attention in the 2012 election, but what, exactly, does "middle class" mean? If you've ever wondered -- and wondered whether or not you're a member of it -- take a peek at our middle-class quiz.

The Refilling Nest: Tips for When the Kids (and Parents) Move In

These days, a large fraction of young people graduate from college only to move back into their childhood bedrooms, But that's hardy the only trend standing between people and their empty nests: More and more Americans are bringing their elderly parents home to stay too.

The Money Secrets Your College Student Is Keeping

If you're sending Junior off to school this fall, you might think that you know everything there is to know about where your money is going. Right? Wrong. Here are a few things your college student doesn't want you to know.

Choosing a College: Which Schools Offer the Best Return on Investment?

Collegians are having to become more careful consumers, as high-quality jobs become scarce and interest rates on student loans are set to increase. A comparison of the average return on investment for over 1,200 American colleges and universities offers some clues on how to choose.

Balancing Student Loans With Saving for Retirement

A 52-year-old single mom needs to save for retirement, but her cash flow is strangled by rising student loan payments for herself and her sons. How can she minimize her loan payments and free up cash for retirement savings? DailyFinance's Laura Rowley offers some tips.

College Admission Numbers Game Is All About the Money

You thought it was your kid's SAT score that prevented him from getting admitted to the college of his dreams, but it may have been your credit score. More and more colleges are looking for students who can pay full tuition, and setting the admissions bar higher for those who need financial aid.

NCAA Rules Trap Many College Athletes in Poverty

College football and basketball players are getting played instead of getting paid: Though they bring in the big bucks for their institutions of higher learning, more than 8 out of 10 of those FBS student-athletes are living below the poverty line, according to a new study.

College Degree Worth It? What the Data Say

The combination of the high price of college and the less-than-promising job prospects for new grads are fueling a hot debate about the value of a bachelor's degree: Is it worth the money? The Census Bureau parsed the data, and found that of all the variables that effect lifetime earnings, nothing packs the punch that education does.

Six Tips for Cutting the Cost of a College Education

With the new school year right around the corner, many parents' thoughts may be turning to a future of college tuition payments. Appallingly pricey college tuition payments. So we thought now would be a good time to tap an expert for advice on how to bring those costs down. Here's what we learned:

College Dropouts Cost U.S. Billions in Lost Earnings

When students drop out of college, it's not just disappointing for them and their parents -- it's also bad news for Uncle Sam, and even for their next-door neighbors. According to a new report, a single year's worth of dropouts cost the nation $4.5 billion in lost income, and lost federal and state income taxes.

10 Colleges with the Best Financial Aid

Worried about how to pay for college? The Princeton Review this week released its financial-aid ratings for more than 600 U.S. colleges. Find out which ones came out on top.

Money 101: How to Save Cash in College

With college costs rising, it's more important than ever for students to be financially savvy. Here are 15 things you need to know to graduate with a bank account at the top of your class.

Back-to-School Spending Forecast to Rise 3.8%

Class, today's lesson in back-to-school shopping is what grownups call a good news/bad news situation. First, the goods news: Back-to-school spending is expected to increase over last year, according to the retail analyzer ShopperTrak. The bad news: Shoppers won't be coming to the store as much.

Why Not to Pick a Major Based on a Salary Chart

This week, researchers at Georgetown took the nation's humanities majors to task for making such unlucrative choices in college. But their report takes too shallow a look at the results of not becoming an engineer. Former Latin American Studies major Loren Berlin offers a wider take on the real value of a B.A. in the humanities.

How to Save on Tuition Costs: Community College

In today's tough economy, a college degree is even more necessary -- though it's no guarantee of a job. But with tuition too high and still rising fast, what's a frugal student to do? Try getting a deep discount on your degree with the help of the local community college.