The Washington Post has a nice piece about a few sane students who are choosing cheaper schools:
Erica Espinosa, 18, who is graduating from Northwest High School in Germantown, was accepted at the University of Maryland at College Park, which costs $21,163 for tuition, fees and housing. She also got into several other four-year schools.
But she chose a full scholarship honors program at Montgomery College, where she can attend for free and live at home. Twin sister Ivone will study there, too.
“It’s a way to save money and have money to pay for the next two years and not come out with a big debt,” she said. “It’s too risky now to try anything else.”
How did the state school end up costing that much!?!?
The article also notes that community colleges are booming while full-priced colleges are dipping deeper into their waiting lists.