A Census of College Costs

A college diploma may be the most expensive piece of paper you ever buy--and it's getting pricier. The College Board last week reported that tuition and fees at public and private four-year colleges and universities this academic year are up about 6% from last year. Over the past five years, the average price has risen a parent-paralyzing 35%. But don't think it's not worth the expense: according to Census Bureau statistics published last week, a college graduate typically earns about $23,000 more a year than someone who has only finished high school. Many of the best college deals can still be found...

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