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Student Debt Levels Often Higher At State Schools Than Elite Private Colleges, Analysis Shows
May 16, 2012
A recent Reuters analysis of student debt at various highly-ranked universities revealed that state schools often leave graduates with greater levels of debt than they'd get by attending Ivy League universities. It all depends on what kind of financial aid programs the schools have to offer - and many state schools, feeling the public budget crunch that has swept the country in recent years, can't provide as much help to cash-strapped students. Tuition and fees at private schools four-year schools increased 28 percent in the last five years; meanwhile the in-state tuition at public schools soared 41 percent.