Cost of college growing fastest for poorest students, federal data shows

By:  Laura Newberry

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.

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