Why college costs so much

As families across Michigan scramble to fill out federal college student aid forms by a March 1 deadline, here are the facts: A college degree costs more than double what it did a generation ago, even after taking inflation into account. It takes a much bigger share of your paycheck. It costs even more because you live in Michigan than most other states. Moreover, costs are rising faster for the poor than for the rich, and student debt has ballooned 56 percent just since 2005.

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Low-income students seeing huge cost hikes at some Michigan universities

Jan 6, 2015 | Ron French

Michigan’s most vulnerable students are bearing the brunt of college cost hikes. That’s bad for them ‒ and the state.

Four reasons why Michigan college prices have skyrocketed (Chapter 3)

Feb 24, 2015 | Ron French

The state bears blame for the high cost of higher education, but students aren’t blameless, either.

The crazy cost of college, a cultural timeline (Chapter 2)

Feb 24, 2015 | Ron French

Hemlines rise and fall, but tuition just goes up.

College costs have doubled, even after inflation, and other frightening facts (Chapter 1)

Feb 24, 2015 | Ron French

Think you can still pay for college delivering pizza? Think again. Bridge presents 6 realities facing today’s college student.