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Tuition hikes, stagnant growth in federal aid and increases in other expenses have pushed public college costs to new heights yet again.


To attend an in-state public college for the 2012-13 academic year, the average overall cost (or "sticker price") for students who don't receive any financial aid rose 3.8% to a record $22,261, according to the report.


Tuition and fees climbed 4.2% at four-year private schools to an average of $29,056 this year. Overall prices were 4% higher at $43,289. But with more than 80% of students receiving scholarships or grants, the average private college student will pay a net price of about $27,600 -- a 5.6% increase from last year.


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