Consumerist on the rising cost of college and how students pay

The story, based on data from Sallie Mae, is accompanied by several informative charts documenting the rise of higher education and breaking down methods of payment by category — grants, student income and saving, parents income/savings, other relatives, and loans. The amount financed by parents and other relatives is revealing in terms of the barriers facing college aspirants from low-income backgrounds. The article, entitled "Families Going Deeper Into Their Own Pockets To Pay For College," is here.

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