The average debt load for the class of 2012 was $29,400 -- up more than 10% from the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Institute for College Access & Success' Project on Student Debt.
There are more than 4,400 colleges in the U.S. with prices ranging from zero to more than $60,000 a year. Our college guide will help you figure out what college will actually cost you and how to make it a little more affordable.
With the average cost of attendance at the top "affordable" public universities closing in on $30,000 a year -- just about everybody needs a little help paying for college these days.
The cost of college has risen so sharply that most students have to borrow at least a little bit. Here's our guide to tapping into student loans without digging yourself into too deep a debt hole.
These colleges carry the highest price tags in the nation, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.