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The High Cost Of College, Monetary And Otherwise

Kit from Pittsburgh, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2031786

No way around one simple fact about higher education in America: it costs a lot. The total value of all student loans in the country passed a Trillion dollars a few years ago.

Is it worth it? Will the expensive college provide a job that pays that much better than the job a graduate from a cheaper school will get? Ron Lieber explores these questions and more in the book The Price You Pay for College: An Entirely New Road Map for the Biggest Financial Decision Your Family Will Ever Make.

Lieber has been writing about money for a long time, and is currently the "Your Money" columnist for the New York Times. He visits the JX with details of examining colleges and assessing overall values.

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