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College students shed traditional image

WASHINGTON — When President Obama talks about the cost of higher education, his mentions of ‘‘college students’’ might often evoke images of teenagers who spent senior year of high school searching for the four-year institution that best matched their personalities, then enrolled and moved into the dorms while Mom or Dad paid the bills.

That idea of a college student spending four luxurious, carefree years studying is passe.

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