More head to college, even as tuition surges


The majority of Americans think college is too expensive for most people to afford — although the widely held opinion has not hindered skyrocketing enrollment or stopped virtually all parents from expecting their child go to college, new research shows.

Seventy-five percent of people now say higher education is financially out of reach for most of the nation, according to the Pew Research Center. Locally, however, enrollment has gone up 30 percent in the last decade at public schools, and a high percent of graduates say their degree was a good investment.

“There are more students in college today than there ever have been, and going forward it’s going to be that much greater,” said Sean Creighton, executive director of the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education.


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