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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Cost Of Getting Into College: Is It Worth It?

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What does it take to get your child into college and how much does it cost? Jennifer Moses, an author and mom, describes the lengths and expenses she went to in order to help her twins get accepted to top-tier schools. Here’s the rundown:

Army of SAT and ACT tutors $125/week
Fees for standardized tests $522
Cost of Applications $1,133
Traveling costs to
visit prospective colleges
$4,000
College application counselor $700
TOTAL Admission to
top-tier college

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The formula worked, and Jennifer’s children were able to get into the schools of their choice, but was it worth it? And is the system fair to less-advantaged families? Jennifer Moses, author of “Food and Whine: Confessions of a New Millennium Mom,” joins us to discuss the issue.


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