College Endowments Meet Shaky Markets

Once again, tuition costs outpace inflation. The question is, can big endowments continue to pay part of the freight?

To no one's surprise, the College Board reported on Oct. 22 that tuition at public and private colleges for the 2007-08 academic year continued to outpace inflation. But this year adds a new wrinkle—how the recent market turmoil will affect college endowments.

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