Economy Shuffles Princeton Review’s Best Colleges

February 23rd, 2011 - 1:50 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Feb 22 (THAINDIAN NEWS) With the economy is such dire shape, students who are on their way to college are finding it harder and harder to find an affordable way to attend. The federal stimulus money which so many depend on to pay their college tuition is about to run dry, and that leaves these kids and their families struggling to come up with the needed cash. The Pell Grant may also be cut soon due to economic stress.

These changes in the economy and college tuition costs have caused ‘The Princeton Review’s 100 Best Colleges’ to change dramatically. The list, which was published in ‘USA Today’ online has shuffled quite a bit in the last three years. Fifty public colleges and fifty private ones were chosen out of around seven hundred schools.

Book stipend cuts, eliminated or capped student loans, raised bar for considering who is “needy”, and much more contributed to the changes. According to Robert Frank, who is a senior vice president of the Princeton Review explained, Many schools have been under great pressure,” and he shares that the school which were picked for the top 100, “have made a clear commitment this year, specifically, to make sure financial aid is … even more available.”

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