Paying for College

Real-World Anxieties

Timing is everything. Back in 1999, when our son graduated from college with his EE degree, he had a basketful of job offers. Some companies that pursued him would pick him up with a limo at the airport and drive him to a luxury hotel for a brief respite before his follow-up interview. Others courted him with all the care and delicacy of a high school junior asking a senior to the prom. That was during the height of the dot-com bubble. Things are different now. Much different.

The media are filled with stories about the recession's effect on workers and businesses. Almost every aspect of our society has been affected in some way--either directly or indirectly--by the fallout from these hard times. One area that has received special emphasis is this year's college graduates.

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