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Sunday, April 9, 2017

OH YES I FOUND IT: Students selecting a college increasingly consider long-term job prospects, debt
For years, high school seniors hoping to go to college in the fall fixated on getting into their dream college. But that's changed. Students still are thinking about their campus visits and hoping to immerse themselves in a college culture that seems to best fit who they are. But in an era marked by job insecurity and student loan worries, concerns about keeping debt down and finding a decent job after graduation have turned the longing for the dream school into a secondary issue.

Since 2003, the Princeton Review has surveyed college applicants and their parents about the stress associated with the admission process and getting financial offers from colleges.

In 2003, with jobs plentiful and few people asking "Is college worth it?" only 56 percent of students and their parents said their stress was high. This year, 76 percent said they were worried about the financial aspects of college.
I suppose today's families and students are much smarter than perhaps my parents or at least the parents of my generation.