With the economy struggling, parents and students dared to hope this
year might offer a break from rising college costs. Instead, they got
another sharp increase.
Average tuition at four-year public colleges in the U.S. climbed 6.5
percent, or $429, to $7,020 this fall as schools apologetically passed
on much of their own financial problems, according to an annual report
from the College Board, released Tuesday. At private colleges, tuition
rose 4.4 percent, or $1,096, to $26,273.
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