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Planet Money

The Real Price Of College

There's a huge gap between the sticker price for college tuition and the price students actually pay. On today's show, we try to figure out why.

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Planet Money

How Colleges Fight For Top Students

Colleges use money to woo top students. It's an effective tactic, but it drives up tuition for everyone else.

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