Paying For College During The Downturn

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The average tuition at a four-year private college is $23,000 and rising. The slumping economy has many students and parents wondering how they're going to pay the bill. We visit Seattle Pacific University, a small liberal arts college which has seen the number of student appeals to the financial aid office double in the last year.

Problems on Wall Street are only going to make the situation more difficult, financial aid experts says.

"If the bailout drains all of the federal resources and money isn't available for student aid, that's a huge problem for us, " says Violet Boyer with the Independent Colleges of Washington group. "The private loans, if the banks that are left decide that that's not a profitable place to be, that would be harmful."

KUOW reporter Phyllis Fletcher follos one family through their financial aid journey.

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