College students -- and their parents -- should expect higher book prices again this year.
For instance, 10% of recent graduates of four-year colleges have monthly student loan payments that exceed 25% of their income.
Allowing Americans to wipe out some student debt by filing for bankruptcy will do little to help most families.
Although Congress has kept the interest on new subsidized Stafford loans at 3.4%, other changes have made federal student loans more costly.
A surge in financial aid backed by Washington could be pushing tuition through the roof.
A father co-signed for the private student loans, but now he can't find out who owns the loans and exactly how much they are.
A recent grad who paid for her entire college education with grants and scholarships shares her secrets.
More colleges are partnering with banks to provide debit and prepaid cards -- some with hefty fees -- to students. A new report says students are paying too much while the colleges and financial firms make money.
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