Where Does Your Tuition Go?

In the cafeterias, the food is overstarchy, underflavored and generally lacking in nutritional value. Lecture halls are so cavernous and overcrowded that binoculars may be required to read the lips of the professor. Dormitory rooms, carefully modeled after prison cells, are strictly BYOB: bring your own bookshelves, blankets, bulletin boards.

For $15,165 a year, you were expecting linen service?

Tuition at private colleges, along with room and board fees, rose dramatically during the past decade, easily outpacing the rate of inflation. Tuition was one cash cow that universities could milk through the '80s, especially after the recession dried up public funding...

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