Marketplace Money for Friday, August 30, 2013

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For the next few weeks, we're focusing on tThe American Dream. This weekend's show is about college. It is often seen as the path to financial mobility and security. Better paying job. A chance to save for retirement. Buying a home. But talking about college means talking about student loans. It means talking about affordability and family conversations about choices. How should we think about costs? What can you do to save for college? And what are your options to manage debt? 

Is student loan debt the next housing crisis?

As more and more debt piles on, many make comparisons between this bubble and the one that burst a few years back: housing. But are they really that similar?
Posted In: housing crisis, student debt

Quiz: Unusual scholarships for college

Scholarships are usually awarded for the best and the brightest, but there are other off-beat scholarships available.
Posted In: scholarships

Setting limits: Advice on paying for college

For many families, paying for college is a balancing act. You want to give your child the best options, but you don't know how to talk about what you can afford.
Posted In: college, student debt

Advice on 529s and other college savings plans

Breaking down the pros and cons of college savings plans.
Posted In: saving for college, 529 plans

Paying for college: We don't spend as much as we think

The cost of college is rising faster than inflation. But when you take financial aid into account, it’s gone up only modestly faster than inflation.
Posted In: college, education costs, student debt

Does the government make money from student loans?

We hear all the time that student loan debt is on the rise, and isn't likely to slow down anytime soon. For all those federal loans, though, does the government really make any money?
Posted In: student loan debt, student debt

Books for your summer reading list

Our friends in finance share some of their favorite books for your summer reading list.
Posted In: Books, reading

Music from this show

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Odean Pope The Misled Children
Boy From School
Hot Chip
Electric Funk
Changes Are No Good 1
St. Jude (International Version)
The Courteeners
All For U
Jackson 5

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