After graduating from a high school near Phoenix, Caleb Alvarado decided not to get a full-time job like many of his friends, but to become instead the first male member of his family to go to college.
By living at home, working 20 hours a week, and taking out a pile of student loans, he could afford to enroll at Arizona State University, rated the nation's lowest-tuition four-year public flagship, at $2,583 last year.
But the tuition tide is changing. Mr. Alvarado, now a senior, is not so sure he could afford to be a freshman at ASU today. A 39-percent tuition increase this fall will add $1,010 to the price of school - and to the $25,000 in student loans he expects to owe when he graduates. One of his friends recently dropped out because of the tuition hike.
Articles like these make a parent much more thankful for the Georgia Hope Scholarship, however short-lived as it may be...