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Lower Prices: Florida Prepaid Plan

By Kevin Thompson
Executive Director, Florida Prepaid College Board
October 20, 2014
Halloween is looming, and families across the country are investing in new costumes for their young superheroes, princesses and vampires. As scary as the tab for those Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat candy can be, it’s not nearly as jarring as the price tag might be on their college education.
The cost of a state four-year school rose to $18,391a year, on average, or 3.2 percent more than the year before, according to a recent College Board report. And one year at an average private college last year cost nearly $41,000 for tuition, fees, room and board—3.7 percent more than the prior year.

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