The price tag on a college degree has gone up for everyone, federal data shows. But those who can afford it the least are seeing the biggest jump in their bills.
Students tend to pay a lower net price -- or what they fork over for one year of college after financial aid and scholarships -- the less money their families have.
But the average net cost at a four-year public college increased 22 percent between the 2009-10 and 2013-14 school years for students with families who made $30,000 or less, according to data provided to the Boston Globe by the US Department of Education.
Yet students with family incomes beyond $30,000 saw annual tuition increases of 10 to 15 percent, the federal agency reported.