At Long Last, Signs That College Tuition Might Come Down

In a marked change from previous years, net tuition at college and graduate schools rose in line with inflation over the last 12 months. Doesn’t sound too encouraging? Well, consider that from 1990 through 2016, tuition grew at a rate more than double that of inflation, year after year. On top of that, public free tuition programs are proliferating, with New York state’s enormous system announcing the “Excelsior Scholarship” earlier this year. The Campaign for Free College Tuition says more than half the states have some kind of merit-based free tuition, free community college “promise” program or at least legislative action on this front. Rhode Island’s is the latest statewide program.

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by Anya Kamenetz, NPR .

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