The cost of a college education is rising faster than the cost of medical care and as much as three times as fast as consumer prices in general. But that's just the beginning of the price of admission.
This is the story of a debt crisis few are talking about.
Americans now owe more on their student loans than they do on their credit cards — a debt fast approaching $1 trillion with no end in sight.
Students borrow because they see little choice. A college education, after all, is a key to success. That, it seems, is an article of faith.
For Rick and Tami Tuipers, of the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park, Ill., the world revolves around their kids.
"We've committed to our children's education from day one," said Tami. "That's the commitment we made when they were born."
Zach is a high school sophomore and, at 15, the youngest in the family. Shelby, 18, is a senior and interested in science.
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