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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.

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  • Oct 4, 2013
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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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 president joined a long list of commentators in calling for JDs to take less time. But is that such a good idea when law grads are underprepared as is?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 27, 2013
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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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How do you keep costs down for a product when consumers can't say "no"?

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Aug 26, 2013
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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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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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Don't dismiss the higher-ed plan because Congress can't pass anything. It doesn't need Congress, at least not at first.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Aug 22, 2013
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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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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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Law degrees cost about $90,000. They earn you about $610,000.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 18, 2013
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Student loan interest rates for the subsidized Stafford program are set to double on July 1. Here's what that means, and how Congress could prevent it.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jun 13, 2013
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