Experts: College costs demand early planning and realistic budgeting

02/17/2012 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Experts say parents and students should start shopping for colleges when a student is a sophomore in high school, and they should include price as one of the chief factors. Often, parents defer to their children's college choices, regardless of the cost. Families should be savvy about finding financial aid, and students should know going in how much debt they'll have upon graduation. Total debt should be less than a student's expected starting salary, one expert says.

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