Is college right for everyone? Or even worth the cost?

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College tuition for a four year public school rose, on average, seven percent last year. That rise came in a year where many American families are already feeling squeezed for money.

All this week we’ve been talking about the college admissions process. We’ve heard from families trying to figure out where to send their kids, from deans who’ve explained how money can factor into who they accept. But underlying these issues is a bigger question: is college always worth the money? Put another way: Is a college education right for everyone?

Anya Kamenetz, staff writer for Fast Company and author of the new book, ?DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education,? says people should reevaluate how they look at the cost and worth of higher education. 29-year-old Lily Landhauer is a student at Columbus State Community College; she says she’s doing that reevaluating by necessity.

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