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The real cost of higher education

The year’s incoming college freshman class has the summer to think about the first test question of the fall: How on earth am I going to pay for this?

That’s hardly an original problem. But the growing focus on student debt and the long-lasting financial burden it can inflict on young people make the cost of college more pressing than ever. Massachusetts ranked 12th among states when it came to the debt shouldered by 2010 graduates, according to the Project on Student Debt.

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