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Mean financial holdings of U.S. families by education of the head of household, 1989-2010
Mean financial holdings of U.S. families by education of the head of household, 1989-2010

Source: Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System

Mean income of U.S. families by education of the head of household, 1989-2010
Mean income of U.S. families by education of the head of household, 1989-2010

Source: Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System

Tuition has risen as the cost of education has shifted from state and local appropriations to individuals.
Tuition has risen as the cost of education has shifted from state and local appropriations to individuals.

Source: From "Trends in College Spending 1998-2008," by Donna M. Desrochers, Colleen M. Lenihan and Jane V. Wellman