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Why choosing between public and private college based on tuition can be a mistake

February 23, 2022

Picking the right college has increasingly become a question of cost.

But not everyone is choosing the most economical option.

Since the start of the Covid pandemic, college enrollment has continued to sink. For the most part, community colleges are the hardest hit, followed by public four-year colleges, according to a report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center based on fall 2021 data.

Meanwhile, the country’s most elite private colleges are faring better, despite the incredibly high price tags.