As high school seniors scramble to finish college applications and anxiously await admission decisions, their parents may be more worried about how they're going to pay the bill.
The average annual cost for tuition, room and board, books and personal expenses at a UC campus is about $24,000. Many private colleges are twice as expensive. Tuition has been increasing faster than the rate of inflation and there is concern in the higher education community that only students from the most affluent families will be able to attend private colleges.
April is a big month for high school seniors. Colleges have made their admissions decisions, and some very happy students now have the enviable problem of needing to decide which college they will attend.
There are times when I stand under a chuppah to officiate at a wedding that a wave of melancholy washes over me -- a feeling quite out of place when surrounded by lilies and lace. The ceremony is so hopeful and beautiful. But I can't help but be reminded that the future is unscripted and there are so many troublesome variables.