College Graduation: Weighing the Cost, and the Payoff

May 17, 2012

The issue of costs and rising student debt have have touched off a national debate about the cost and value of a college education. Surveys by the Pew Research Center present a portrait of the views of the general public and college graduates.

More than nine-in-ten parents (94%) who have at least one child under 18 say they expect their child to attend college. But even as college enrollments have reached record levels, most young adults in this country still do not attend a four-year college. The main barrier is financial.

Despite parents' belief that their children should go to college, a majority of Americans (57%) say the higher education system in the United States fails to provide students with good value for the money they and their families spend. An even larger majority -- 75% --says college is too expensive for most Americans to afford.

Read the full analysis, College Graduation: Weighing the Cost, and the Payoff, on the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press' website.

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