When students enroll in college, they should be able to have a budget for their future in place. Knowing that tuition will raise every year just puts added extra stress on students. I would be curious to see what drop out rates are and if drop out rates are due to increasing costs. Not all kids qualify for scholarships. Even with awesome grades throughout school, they are still denied scholarships. The reality of kids graduating and paying off student loans at the end of their college term is already a stressor. If they can't find a job right away in their field, that adds to their stress. And if they budgeted their loans based on their first year entry, sometimes their pay off can be doubled from their original calculations. Not only should a cost estimate be provided, but counselors should be helping them plan their budget and work numbers to show them at the end of a four year term, this is what you will owe back and give estimates on what their monthly payment would be.