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The Syllabus Blog: Insanely Complicated

Partway through, one of the project’s leaders called college pricing “insanely complicated.” It was a throwaway line — he had detoured into talking about how some colleges have cut their sticker prices and are offering less aid — but it was probably the most accurate thing I’ve heard recently about higher education costs.

Paying for college is often times compared to buying a car, which isn’t straightforward either. When you step in the showroom, the dealer gives you a price, and you match it with a trade-in, some cash, some financing and maybe some negotiation. It’s complicated, but at the end of the day you’ll be driving home in a new ride.