Here Come $60,000-A-Year Colleges

Many elite colleges are about to break the $60,000 price barrier.

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Many colleges are trying to make up for the shrinking number of Americans willing to pay their rising prices by recruiting wealthy students in Asia, the Middle East and South America. But the globalization of the education market cuts both ways. American students could put additional downward pricing pressure on American colleges by voting with their feet and studying at well-regarded, lower cost universities in Canada, Europe or Asia, says Ohio University economist Richard Vedder.

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While the Ivies and other exclusive colleges will likely always be in high demand, Vedder predicts parents will increasingly balk at expensive price tags from colleges that lack elite reputations or rankings. He adds: "It is going to be harder to fill seats in those schools."

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