College Tuition: Nobody Pays Retail

Imagine having an extra $100,000 or more to invest in great stocks that exhibit dividend growth, to fund your retirement. Or $200,000 if you have two kids. College tuition, which of course is just another name for reduced retirement savings, and related costs can easily set you back $200,000 per kid if you’re a free spender.

US Consumer Price Index: College Tuition and Fees Chart

US Consumer Price Index: College Tuition and Fees data by YCharts

The Wall Street Journal helpfully informs us today that colleges are discounting tuition as never before. By an average of 45% off the list price. So, don’t pay retail and steer your offspring to schools willing to negotiate.

That way, you’ll have more money leftover to invest for yourself, in such dividend growth stocks as Lowe’s (LOW), W.W. Grainger (GWW), Wal-Mart (WMT) and Clorox (CLX).

Jeff Bailey, The Editor of YCharts, is a former reporter, editor and columnist at the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. He can be reached at



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