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Private Colleges Focus on Affordability
New campus affordability measures are helping to keep students' and families' out-of-pocket costs as low as possible. Tuition cuts and freezes, three-year degree programs, and more. Complete list
On the Path to Graduation, Life Intervenes
March 8, 2016
Low-income students are often one car breakdown, one illness, one unexpected mishap away from dropping out of college and not being able to return for a while, if ever. People fret about rising tuition, and much of the public dialogue about the cost of college — and many of the policy recommendations — revolve around those sticker prices. Yet the biggest barrier to poor students’ enrolling or staying in college is not tuition and fees, but everything else: rent, food, child care, gas, phone bills. Living costs represent more than 70 percent of the total cost of attending a two-year college, the College Board estimates.