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Sallie Mae's Report Indicates Parents Adjusting to Educational Costs

A Sallie Mae Report entitled How America Pays for College 2013 brings to light some important changes occurring in the financing of education. Parents and students are finding new strategies to adjust to increases in cost which include opting out of dorms, applying for grants, working more hours, and cutting back on things that are not necessary. Despite the growing cost of education students and parents still believe in the power of education and the ability to afford a better life.  Even though a general trend of college costs has been increasing, over the last few years it has leveled out to $21,178 which is down from 2010. Yet parents and students are being more frugal and this could have some influence on the plateau and how long that plateau lasts. Wealthier families are spending a little more than middle class families while lower class families are pulling back on their expenses while attending school.  How Students Are Paying for College: Student Borrowing 18%