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Survey says higher education more popular expensive

on Thursday,February 26,2009 22:02

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The popularity of advanced education has risen in recent years, a trend likely to be enhanced by the current recession, but a survey has found that growing numbers of Americans worry about costs.

Public Agenda and the National Center on Public Policy and Higher Education, which released the survey, point out that in 2000 only 31 percent of respondents considered college education as essential for success. This number grew to 55 percent in January 2009.

In terms of financial feasibility of higher education, the mood is currently downbeat. The survey found that 67 percent of Americans believe access is a problem due to high costs.

This is the highest level since the two organizations started tracking public attitudes toward higher education in 1993.

However, amid gloomy economic news there is some relief in sight for college-bound students.

The recently passed economic stimulus bill contains an estimated $32 billion for higher education including tax credits, Pell grant enhancement, regulatory changes to college savings plans as well as funding for education IT.

Efforts are also being undertaken at the state level. In Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell is promoting affordable college education under the Pennsylvania Tuition Relief Act.
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