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These charts show the soaring cost of college

Percent of students who received financial aid
Not everyone receives financial aid, and the percentage of students who receive aid tends to vary based on which type of college they attend, with students at private four-year schools being most likely to receive some aid. The figures below are for the 2013-14 school year.

Private 4-year avg.
78.3
Public 4-year avg.
61.4
Public 2-year avg.
57.5
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education

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