the tuition tamers
after years of sharp increases, some colleges are trying to ease the burden on middle-class families
these have been the ,best of times for many of the nation’s top universities-and the worst of times for middle income families struggling to afford them. thanks to a robust stock market, school endowments have ballooned. yet few institutions have held down steep increases in tuition. but that may be changing.
williams college, a prestigious liberal arts school in massachusetts, announced last month that for the first time in 46 years, its tuition would remain steady at $31,520. last week students at princeton university learned that their annual $31,599 tuition, room and board will rise just 3.3%-the smallest hike in 30 years.