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American University president on rising college costs: We have to focus on the value proposition

More schools offer guaranteed admission

College enrollment is falling

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Tuition keeps rising

Recent data from the Common App found that that more than half, or 55%, of students who use the Common App’s online application are from the highest-income families.

Steadily, college is becoming a path for only those with the means to pay for it, other reports also show.

And costs are still rising. Tuition and fees at four-year private colleges rose 4% to $41,540 in the 2023-24 school year from $39,940 in 2022-23. At four-year, in-state public colleges, the cost increased 2.5% to $11,260 from $10,990 the year before, according to the College Board.

Financial aid is key

“Just because a school offers acceptance, doesn’t mean the finances will line up,” cautioned Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and author of “The Best 389 Colleges.”

“It’s important to ask critical questions,” he said. Consider how much aid is being awarded, as well as the academic fit, campus culture and career services offerings.

Further, even if acceptance is not guaranteed, there are many schools that accept the majority of those who apply, Franek said.

In fact, of The Princeton Review’s list of 389 best colleges, 254 schools admit at least half of all applicants. More than a quarter admit at least 80% of those who apply. (On the flip side, only 8% of schools on the list of best colleges admit less than 10% of applicants.)

“We always think of the most competitive schools but there is a school, and likely many schools, out there to consider,” Franek said.

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