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19-year-old Vanessa Massarotti was accepted at her top choice private four year university, but for economic reasons, had to enroll instead in Brookdale Community College.

 

"Financially I have brother and sister in college also, so it was really hard, so, I just ended up coming to coming to Brookdale, save money."

 

Like Vannessa, more students may be squeezed out of their dream school or college in general, for our public four-year college, tuition has sky-rocketed, from 1600 dollars 20 years ago to nearly 7000 now. For our private school, from 8000 to 25 thousand dollars.

 

"For a long time we just talked about if they are poor. But now, many middle-class students can't go. The tuition is just too high."

 

A new education report card found that families making less than 19000 dollars a year doled out their 39% of their incomes on public college cost on 1999, that number jumped to a whopping 59% in 2007. The share for middle-class families making less than 90 thousand dollars also climbed from 18 to a hefty 25%, while families making more than 19000 saw the lowest increase, from 7 to 9 percent.

 

And the problem is only likely to get worse, historically, education experts say during tough economic times, states tend to cut college budgets, which sends tuitions up.

 

"I think it's gonna be very interesting to see if states that have relatively high in-state tuitions, if they are now gonna lose students to other states that have lower costs."

 

"I know money is still always gonna be an issue."

 

Vanessa's college dreams ultimately will be determined by her family's bottom line.

 

Kelly Wallace, CBS News, New York.

[ 本帖最后由 peredhel 于 2008-12-9 18:46 编辑 ]
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