Bargain Hunters Focus On Public Colleges

October 26th, 2011

State schools gain popularity in a climate of mounting student debt
According to a report from Sallie Mae on college spending in 2011, almost 40 percent of high-income families considered other colleges after looking at the financial aid package offered by private institutions. Dan Hurley, director of state relations and policy analysis for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities says that the increasing popularity of public universities is “putting a lot of strain on the system, with severe capacity issues and funding declines in many states. In California, for instance, they’re capping freshman enrollments, and turning hundreds of thousands of students away from community colleges.”


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