HE COSTofa collegeeducation
is skyrocketing. From 1981
through 1987, it rose 99 per-
cent faster than median family in-
come and three times as fast as the
cost of living. On average, a four-
year public-college education now
costs over $20,000; at some
elite schools like Harvard and Stan-
ford the bill can exceed $80,000.
Though a majorityofyoung peo-
ple continue to go to college, the
burden on families is tremendous.
Parents' life savings dwindle under
the strain. Young me...