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Money is a real issue for the mushy middle who doesn't get the full benefit of tuition and costs assistance. The "solution" is debt as, more and more, assistance is drifting away from grants and towards loans. I agree US universities have started to modestly revise their cost structures and their tuition policies that got completely out of hands over the past 20 years, but it's pretty recent.

Elite American universities are a very expansive proposition for undergrads (and a dubious one, IMHO). After that, you probably get a much better ROI from Harvard or Stanford at the graduate and post-grad levels. Although at the graduate level, it probably doesn't have much to do with the objective quality of the education and much more with the name (except for a few institutions with truly outstanding standards : MIT, Wharton, etc).
by Francois in Paris on Sat Mar 25th, 2006 at 04:19:44 PM EST
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