6 reasons why college is expensive
Reason No. 1: Tuition is high
If you find yourself facing sky-high tuition without a substantial financial aid package, cut your college time short, says Pamela Ellis, principal consultant with the educational consulting firm Compass Education Strategies in Dayton, Ohio.
"Consider early college opportunities as a way to get some credits students need before college. That can reduce the number of years (you're) in school," she says.
In addition to taking Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and dual-enrollment courses in high school, students can earn college credits through College Level Examination Program, or CLEP exams, community college and summer school courses. If a high-priced school is your dream college, consider attending a two-year institution and transferring.