The Soaring Costs of College Tuition

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If you are a student or a parent of a student headed for college, the numbers are daunting: $240,000 for a private four year college. Even some state Universities can now cost upwards of $80,000. Half of all student federal loans are now in arrears.

It all adds up to one question: Is college worth it? And if not, what’s being done to help students struggling with debt, and what alternatives are out there for kids questioning the value of liberal arts education at such a high price? We’ll look at alternative models to the traditional four year college, and question what the value is of a liberal arts education in dollars and cents.

Credits

Guests:
Richard Vedder - Center for College Affordability and Productivity - @RichardVedder, Sandy Baum - George Washington University - @urbaninstitute, Michael Roth - Wesleyan University - @mroth78, Graeme Wood - Atlantic Magazine - @gcaw

Host:
Barbara Bogaev

Producers:
Andrea Brody, Katie Cooper, Gideon Brower