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The Tuition is Too Damn High, Part X: So how do we fix it?

Increase federal funding. Make it accountable. And make sure we actually know what we're doing.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 6, 2013

The Tuition is Too Damn High, Part IX: Will MOOCs save us?

The evidence on online courses is quite promising. But there's a lot that needs to be worked out before they replace traditional colleges.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 5, 2013

The Tuition Is Too Damn High, Part VIII: Is this all rich kids’ fault?

Colleges need to enroll a lot of rich kids to pay for poor kids' financial aid. And what they do to attract those rich kids makes everything more expensive.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 4, 2013

The Tuition is Too Damn High, Part VII —Is government aid actually making college more expensive?

According to former education secretary Bill Bennett's theory, schools just respond to federal aid by jacking up tuition. It's not that simple.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 3, 2013

The Tuition is Too Damn High, Part VI — Why there’s no reason for big universities to rein in spending

According to the "Bowen Hypothesis," the structure of the modern college and university lends itself to never-ending growth.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 2, 2013

The Tuition is Too Damn High, Part V — Is the economy forcing colleges to spend more?

The Baumol cost disease is many economists' favored explanation for why college is getting more expensive. But it doesn't hold up under scrutiny.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 30, 2013

The Tuition is Too Damn High, Part IV — How important are state higher ed cuts?

For most public schools, the whole story is that states have pulled support. For research universities, however, there's more going on.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 29, 2013

The Tuition is Too Damn High, Part III — The three reasons tuition is rising

There's no one story for what's going on with rising tuition. There are three, each with their own nuances.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 28, 2013

The Tuition is Too Damn High, Part II: Why college is still worth it

The chorus of college skeptics just keeps growing louder. Too bad they're all wrong.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 27, 2013

Introducing ‘The Tuition is Too Damn High’

The first in a ten part series of articles examining how college grew to cost so much money.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 26, 2013

Ignore the haters. Law school is totally worth the cash.

Law degrees cost about $90,000. They earn you about $610,000.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 18, 2013

Going to college is worth it – even if you drop out

Everyone knows that college graduates make a lot more than high school graduates. But college dropouts make a lot more too.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jun 10, 2013

Maybe college isn’t for everyone. But it’s probably for you.

A new study claiming to show college isn't for everyone all the same shows college is for most people.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • May 10, 2013

Study: D.C. is the best-educated big city in America

More educated places tend to be richer ones. And D.C. is both very educated and quite rich compared to the rest of the country.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 10, 2012