College education is one of the most important investments a family will make. But between the view-books, websites, insider gossip, and magazine rankings, students and their worried parents face a dizzying array of options. What do the rankings really mean? Is it wise to choose the most prestigious school a student can get into? What are the payoffs of higher education, and, by the way, how do we pay for them?
Malcolm Getz is Associate Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt University.
Preface 1. Introduction: The High Cost of Higher Education 2. Financial Returns: Does College Pay Off? 3. Career Opportunities: The Choices that Matter 4. College Rank: The Pitfalls of Prestige 5. The Learning Environment: What Your Money Really Buys 6. Sticker Shock: Will You Pay Too Much? 7. Payment Options: Something for Every Income 8. The Admission Game: Strategies for Success 9. The Choice: Comparing Offers Tables Notes Further Reading Index