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Why Is College So Expensive?

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Publication Date: September 2010

Publisher(s): National Center for Policy Analysis (U.S.)

Author(s): Angelica Gonzalez; Courtney O'Sullivan

Series: 726

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Topic: Education (Education financing, facilities, and equipment)

Keywords: education; cost of college

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Soft consumer demand in a weak economy has led many businesses to cut prices. But this is not the case in the market for higher education. Entering college freshmen and returning students face ever-higher tuition and fees. In fact, tuition at American universities has been increasing faster than inflation for the past 30 years.