USA TODAY reports the average cost of a four-year public university went up 15 percent between 2008 and 2010. How does this affect readers' choices to send kids to college?
-- Do readers know the ways to apply for federal and state financial aid? Get this information from your state education department.
-- How many parents pay for their childrens' college education, and how much do students pay for? How tough is it for teens to find employment in your area? Get figures from your local chamber of commerce or state's labor department.
-- Ask banks how difficult or easy it is to get loans for college. What are the advantages and disadvantages of going through a bank or credit union versus a government loan?
-- Get enrollment figures from your local community colleges from 2006 or 2007 through 2012. If figures have risen, do colleges say it's been because of the economy?