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Net Price of College Rises More for Low-Income Than Wealthy Students

The net price is often welcome news, since most families get some form of discount. However, this analysis shows that, from 2008-09 to 2011-12, students from lower-income families at many colleges are actually paying more while prices have come down for upper-income students. Over that time period, the net price for college increased for all students by an average of $1,100 at public institutions and $1,500 at private ones between 2008-09 and 2011-12, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education.