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‘Going Through My Grandfather’s Papers…’

Tuition at Gettysburg College, then and now


It is no secret that college tuition rates have increased significantly in recent years, but sometimes the most eye-opening evidence of this rapid increase in higher education costs is a direct comparison.

Last week, a user of the social media site Reddit found his grandfather’s Gettysburg College tuition bill from 1949 and was shocked at the cost of enrollment. $407.50 covered tuition, board and athletic fee for a semester. Today, yearly tuition alone is more than $47,000.

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