"Parks and Recreation"/NBCAssets in 529 college savings plans increased by more than $5 billion in 2015 to hit a record $253.2 billion. The total number of accounts grew 3.6 percent to 12.5 million. More than half of accounts received contributions last year.
It is common knowledge that in the hierarchy of bubbles, not even the stock market comes close to the student loan bubble. If it isn't, one glance at the chart below which shows the exponential surge in Federal student debt starting just after the great financial crisis, should put the problem in its context.
For those who, like Time magazine and its exhaustive treatise on soaring healthcare costs, are shocked and confused how it is possible that prices for some of the most rudimentary staples, among them basic medical care and college tuition, have exploded we have the answer.
College is expensive.?? Ask any family with post-secondary students and they will tell you just how outrageous are the costs of college education today.?? And yes, gas, food, and life in general are expensive.?? But college costs have risen much faster than average inflation for decades so this isn't a short-term phenomenon.?? College costs are ...
President Barack Obama called for linking financial aid to college affordability when he addressed Congress last month, but even as costs keep rising, some experts say not to expect crucial changes this year.
Reforming how financial aid is distributed – with incentives to keep tuition down – probably won’t come until after Congress tackles equally thorny changes in primary and secondary school education, known as K-12 in the U.S.
The private universities listed in a new “Best Value Colleges” roundup run $54,200 annually for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. That sounds pretty expensive, and it is. Could it also represent a good value? What if students actually paid less than half the list price? In fact, that’s what the majority of students do. And that’s how these schools wind up being highlighted for providing good bang for the buck. Princeton’s latest edition of its “Best Value Colleges” features 150 schools—75 private and 75 public.