College tuition hikes more modest but still painful

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 | 11:01 p.m. CDT

The sticker price of in-state tuition at four-year public universities climbed about $400 this fall, an increase of nearly 5 percent that brought the average to $8,655. That's a modest increase compared to recent years but still painful for families with stagnant incomes after a prolonged economic slump.