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Sticker prices increasingly fail to capture college costs, research finds


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Sticker prices for college are not a good indicator of what students actually pay, with only a small percentage paying the full amount. The net price for lower-income students has increased significantly over the years, making college less affordable for them. Despite rising sticker prices, the net price for attending private nonprofits has remained the same for lower- and middle-income students. Student aid is typically awarded based on need or merit, but colleges often substitute merit-based aid for need-based aid, benefiting higher-income students….

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