Higher Education Just Got Higher

College kids and their parents are having a tough time of it financially, and it’s going to get a whole lot worse with government cost-cutting, I’m afraid. Public colleges have always been the low-cost alternative to private schools (such as Harvard, Yale and Stanford), but the words “low-cost” don’t really apply any more.

The tuition paid by students at public colleges, even after state and institutional grants and scholarships, climbed 8.3% last year, the biggest jump on record, according to stats from the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (that’s a mouthful, even if you abbreviate it to HEEOA). Here are maps that show how students in your state fared.


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