Public College Tuition Rises Despite Recession

It increases faster than costs at private schools
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2009 5:32 PM CDT
Students at DePaul University await their ceremony in Chicago last June.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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(Newser) – Hoping for a tuition break in the recession? Fat chance. The price of a college education continues to rise, with costs at public schools rising faster than those at private institutions. Tuition and fees at a public 4-year college now average $7,020, versus $26,273 at a private college. That's a 6.5% jump for public schools and a 4.4% increase for private ones over last year, the Washington Post reports.