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Yes, you can haggle over fees for (some) private colleges

Above you'll see a recent headline from the New York Times. We're showing it here because some of our customers do consider expensive private colleges for themselves or their children. And this article certainly looks like good news ....

Well, maybe.

It turns out that the fees shown on IOLAS (and on the NCES College Navigator pages, from which IOLAS gets its information) aren't necessarily the fees you'll pay. They may be the fees that wealthier students and families pay.

This opens an interesting possibility, if you're thinking about a private school. It looks as though you may be able to negotiate a significant reduction in fees if you're that way inclined.

It's getting to be more of a buyer's market in the field of post-secondary education. No harm, it seems, in asking for a deal ....

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