Unusual Ways People Pay for College

You will need more than student loans to afford today's sky-high tuition.

College is already expensive, and the price tag is just going to go up every year. The average in-state cost of tuition, fees, room and board at a four-year public institution is nearly $19,000 annually. A four-year private college runs more than $42,000 a year. And, as more families turn to student loans to cover these costs, student debt has skyrocketed to more than $1 trillion.

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Rebecca Dolan
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com
Before joining the Kiplinger team as Online Community Editor in 2013, Rebecca was associate travel editor at the Huffington Post, where she also handled the travel section's social media. She landed at AOL/HuffPost after earning an MS in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School, with a concentration in health and science journalism. Prior to that, she covered lifestyle at Jacksonville Magazine, in Jacksonville, Fla., preceded by a stint at American Cheerleader magazine. She holds a BA from the College of William and Mary.