Some say that universities are simply charging the maximum that the market will bear. Others say parents and students have higher expectations about what the college experience should include.
The one thing everyone agrees on is that college tuitions should be lower, but everyone has a different idea of how to get there.
Hear from some of the leading voices in this debate who will look at the statistics and try to sort out what it means to parents who are nervously eying the bottom line.
Jeff Salingo, senior editor, The Chronicle for Higher Education
Richard Vedder, professor of economics, Ohio University, and author of "Going Broke by Degree Why College Costs Too Much"
Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly
This program aired on August 26, 2005.