NGPF Podcast: NY Times Columnist Ron Lieber on his upcoming book, The Price You Pay for College
We welcomed the NY Times columnist Ron Lieber to the NGPF Speaker Series on August 28, 2020 to share details about his forthcoming book (expected Jan. 2021), The Price You Pay for College. In this conversation, Ron describes the reasons students go to college and what factors determine the price that students and their families pay for it. You will learn about valuable online tools and resources to help you answer that all important question too. Finally, he shares his perspective on the impact of COVID-19 on higher education and how it may (or may not) shape college attendance in the future. Enjoy!
- 0:00~2:15 Introduction
- 2:15~25:37 The central question: What to pay for college?
- 25:37~31:28 Why does a college education cost so much?
- 31:28~36:07 The value of attending college
- 36:07~41:57 Why schools choose to discount rather than lowering the sticker price
- 41:57~45:18 Financial aid hacks
- 45:18~48:05 On demanding more data from schools
- 48:05~50:31 Is college still the best path?
- 50:31~53:08 Certificate programs as an alternative to college
- 53:08~55:33 An example scenario for a high school student
- 55:33~57:17 What postsecondary school looks like this fall
- 57:17~61:14 The future of college
- 61:14~62:28 Conclusion
- The Price You Pay for College
- Class Field Trip Stops at a Local Pawnshop
- College Navigator
- College Scorecard
“What I realized at that point was that in my coverage of college and money, I had sort of failed utterly to answer the central question. I had spilled all of this ink over how to save for college and all of this ink over how to pay for college but what I missed was arguably the most important question of all which is: what to pay for college.”