Even students with financial aid struggle to make it through college

In the debate about college costs, it’s common to hear complaints about country-club style amenities fueling tuition hikes and students paying more attention to a school’s dining hall offerings than how much it costs when deciding where to go.

These kinds of discussions miss the point, says Sara Goldrick-Rab, a Temple University professor and activist well-known in the higher education community. And she’s written a book to prove it.

The volume, called “Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream,” chronicles the stories of six students navigating their way through the higher education system and in particular its costs.

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