Financial Aid

Choosing a college in challenging times

We are at that time of the year when high school seniors are making decisions about where to spend their college years (and their family's hard earned money). This choice has never been more difficult. Rising costs only complicate the flood of marketing messages from higher education and our recent political campaign has highlighted the perceived need for everyone to get a college degree if their life is ever going to be worth living.

With hundreds of choices out there, our novice, decision-making teenagers are encouraged to "get the best deal" as if price or the bottom line is the magic short cut to finding an answer to this perplexing process.

After a 35-year...