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September 14th, 2009
09:47 AM ET

Rising college costs tough on families

Going off to college. It's an exciting time for freshmen and their families. But it's costing a lot more these days.

The average tuition at a four year college is up as much as $14-hundred over last year. That's forcing some families to change their choices. 

Fredricka Whitfield had the chance to follow one family through the process, all the way to move-in day.


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Mike Armstrong TX.

    This proublem has always existed the only thing that has changed is that now its hitting the higher income class people .

    September 14, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  2. Matt, Washington DC

    "" Mike.

    They say America doesn't do anything until there's a crisis.
    This is absolutely comedy.

    The government needs to STOP subsidizing EVERYTHING so the costs can come down. $25,000 a year to go to UNC Wilmington? Then, these kids graduate and can't get a job to pay back the student loans and end up indentured servants for the better part of their lives.

    September 14, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  3. Don

    Americans must provide more help for the kids entering college.
    A "Natioanl College Fund" is needed – pooling resources
    via fundraising to help the most needy recipients.

    September 14, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  4. Vashti

    From personal experience, I know the cost of a college education goes far beyond the HUGE debt of student loans. I am a recent non- traditional college graduate and parent of a college bound 16 year old. I have been unable to secure employment since completing my studies last August. With living expenses and student loan debts mounting, I have learned that employers are now using credit scores to determine eligibility for employment. How are you to maintain or improve credit worthiness and contribute to your child's college fund if you are locked in a tunnel of debt? Where does it end?

    September 16, 2009 at 7:43 am |