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Cost of Higher Ed Keeps Rising

My San Antonio

There's little debate that college costs have risen over the past decade and that the increase has hit the wallets of families hard — especially those in the greatest need.

In 1990-91, tuition and fees plus room and board at the state's four-year colleges cost 15 percent of median household income. By 2009-10, those costs equaled about 29 percent of median household income, according to the public policy research organization Demos and the liberal-leaning nonprofit Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Why have costs risen? Pinpointing an answer is not clear-cut.

The usual suspects are: state funding declines, additional funding needed to teach more and sometimes needier students, and faculty and administrative costs.