A slew of swanky private schools and public universities merrily, myopically raised tuition once again this fall. At the University of Washington, for example, tuition and fees are up some 15 percent from last year, the Daily Caller reports. Basic tuition at Cornell University costs close to $2,000 more this year. The gravy train of perpetually rising college costs may be coming to an end, though. Many schools — particularly public schools — have decreased their rates of increase in response to the comatose economy. For example, tuition at state-funded colleges and universities in Virginia increased by a relatively meager 4.1 percent in 2012. That’s down from an increase of nearly eight percent in 2011 and it’s the lowest rate of increase in the past decade. In-state tuition at Rutgers University will increase 2.5 percent this year. Rutgers students (and their parents) aren’t happy about the higher price but it sure beats the tuition increases of eight percent or more students previously routinely suffered during the last decade…

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