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9 Key Practices to Make College Pay Off

Many parents and students wading through college applications are experiencing sticker shock. Couple that with 44 million Americans owing $1.5 trillion in student loan debt and anyone can see why there are growing concerns about the cost and value of a college education.

But there is consistent and compelling evidence that earning a college degree still remains the best path to improve one's job prospects. It's a fact that college graduates earn on average 84% more over their lifetimes than high school graduates.

The question is not whether college is worth it but rather, how do students get the most from their investment, especially with an eye toward

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