Good to know. Yes, I like the breakdown on non-need based aid at Holyoke.

Here's today's interesting news story:

WSJ Four Ideas to Fix Higher Education

The graphic is interesting-- as is the observation that:

the average cost of in-state tuition, room and board ($12,110 a year last year) at a four-year public university, after scholarships and tax breaks, has risen 40% faster than economywide inflation over the past decade, the College Board estimates. Private schools are more expensive (average net cost $23,840), but their inflation-adjusted net price has climbed more slowly, at 9%.

Another useful bit of data, mentioned in the WSJ article above:

Follow-up from Forbes' stories on higher ed earlier this week and month:

Want To Know How Much College Will Cost You? It's Often Not What You Would Expect

Students who do not qualify for need-based financial aid will find that their aid will range from nothing to a grant that will provide full tuition depending on the studentís academic ability and the priorities of the institution. As a general rule of thumb, an academically talented student who wants to get a large scholarship needs to look to schools which provide a lot of merit aid and where the student is significantly above the average academic achievement of the students that this school generally attracts. In addition, for the wealthier student, public institutions in the state where the student is resident often offer the lowest cost options because of their lower tuition.

The bottom line is that college pricing is very complex and that complexity seems to discourage students of limited means and high ability from applying to top institutions. It pays to invest some time on a collegeís web site or on the governmentís college navigator site before drawing any conclusions about which school will cost the least for someone in your situation. Clearly, money isnít everything and your choice of college should not be based solely on net price. For most of us, though, itís an important factor to consider.

emphasis mine-- this is what it boils down to, basically. If you're above middle income, expect to pay a lot out of pocket, or send your student to an in-state public institution... OR... to a college where your student is an academic rock star relative to his/her classmates.

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