What will college cost?

What will college cost? The Education Department’s new College Affordability and Transparency Center shows where college costs are rising the fastest or slowest and estimates net prices.

Also: Good debt, bad debt, student debt.

Don’t pay too much for prestige, advises Rick Hess. College rankings have been inflated: More colleges are rated “selective” because they’re rejecting more applicants and admitting students with higher high school grades. But that’s the result of technology — it’s easier to do multiple applications — and grade inflation, not improved quality.

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