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Your stereotype of college students is bad and you should feel bad

The typical college student goes to a public two-year institution, many are married and older than 23, and other surprising facts about higher ed.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 4, 2013
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A bachelor’s degree could cost $10,000 — total. Here’s how.

Anya Kamenetz thinks she can make all four years of college cost only $10,000. Here's how she'd do it.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 26, 2013
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Everything you need to know about Obama’s higher ed plan

The administration is unveiling a new plan to control college costs. Here's what we know.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 22, 2013
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Private colleges are boosting aid — for the rich

Private schools are boosting financial aid, all right. But the lower classes aren't seeing much of the benefit.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 20, 2013
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Public college tuition is rising. But it’s rising more for rich kids.

Yes, public colleges and universities are charging more than ever. But the increases are concentrated on the most affluent students.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 20, 2013
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How Georgetown Law gets Uncle Sam to pay its students’ bills

Georgetown's offering free law school for students who go into public interest law. And it's sticking the federal government with the bill.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 9, 2013
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No, Oregon is not abolishing tuition

But what it is doing is pretty interesting. Here's what you need to know.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 10, 2013
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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
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Why Mitt Romney’s signature education law failed

Giving aid to the best students encourages them to take worse college offers.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 19, 2012
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Don’t believe the haters. College is a great deal — and it’s getting better.

College is not turning into a worse deal. If anything, the bang-for-your-tuition-buck is increasing.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 5, 2012
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