Students may expect to pay high tuition costs, but many are blind-sided by the surprisingly high costs of college textbooks. The efforts of Open Educational Resources and Z-Degrees are meant to combat these additional costs.
Selecting an affordable college can be extremely challenging for families. Advertised sticker prices is rarely what students end up paying, and the prices often don't reflect the actual quality education a student receives. A best value ranking of colleges should reflect what students actually pay, not what the school advertises. It should also take into account student outcomes, including time to graduation.