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When Jon Schechter was a high school senior, he considered going to Boston University or Northeastern, both private colleges. “But there was no way I could afford it.”

Tuition, room, and board at BU costs $56,184; at Northeastern, $53,226. So Schechter, who is from Natick, ended up at UMass Amherst, where those same costs added up to a comparatively cheap $23,167. Like many students, he admits it was his fallback school. “I didn’t even take a tour. I just accepted the admissions offer.”

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