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Avoid the Shock of a Fifth Year College Tuition

An undocumented UCLA student attends a graduation ceremony for UCLA "Dreamers" or Dream Act students at a church near the campus in Los Angeles, California June 15, 2012. 

  REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

By Beth Pinsker NEW YORK (Reuters) – When Donna Frost Gordon’s son asked if he could stay in college for an extra year, it was for a good reason – but he still turned the family’s finances upside-down. After studying abroad and then finally declaring an accounting major at the State University of New York at Binghamton, the son decided six months ago to pursue a combined master’s degree. “I was sort of happy shocked,” said Frost Gordon, a 48-year-old real-estate agent based in Westchester, New York. She and her husband are still figuring out how they are going to…



Clinton Offers Plan to Freeze Some College Debt, Cut Tuition

Hillary Clinton smiles during a campaign rally, where she received the endorsement of Barack Obama, in Charlotte, North Carolina, July 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

(Reuters) – Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton on Wednesday proposed a temporary freeze on some student debt and the cutting of college tuition entirely for some families, focusing on an issue important to supporters of her rival Bernie Sanders. Clinton’s latest proposal includes a three-month moratorium for federal student loan…

College Costs Dip Slightly, But Still Cause Anxiety

Students take their seats for the diploma ceremony at the John F. Kennedy School of Government during the 361st Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts May 24, 2012.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder

By Beth Pinsker NEW YORK (Reuters) – There is some good news for American parents terrified about the rising costs of college outstripping inflation and their investments: the average amount families spent on college actually went down last year. In the “How America Pays for College 2016,” a report from…

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