Are Public Colleges Paying Off for Students?

As Junior prepares to head out the door for the onset of the fall college term, a new study is out today that provides a snapshot of sorts of whether the folks are getting their money’s worth, and it includes a surprise or two.

The study by Third Way, a nonpartisan research group that rries to straddle Washington’s ideological lines, finds that “expensive” schools actually are worth the cost, in part because they offer so much financial aid. But “cheaper” schools that force students into loan programs rank worse, with fewer students graduating and relatively few of them landing top-paying jobs.

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