The New York Times reports that the rising cost of college, even before the recession, threatens to put higher education out of reach for most Americans, according to the annual report from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. Overall, the report found, college tuition and fees increased 439 percent from 1982 to 2007, adjusted for inflation, while median family income rose 147 percent. Student borrowing has more than doubled in the last decade, and students from lower-income families, on average, get smaller grants from the colleges they attend than students from more affluent families. "If we go...

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