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The costs of college are higher than ever and keep rising at an alarming rate. To get the most from your education, you have to make smart decisions on the financial aspects of choosing the right college.

In the following video, Motley Fool investment-planning editor Lauren Kuczala talks with longtime Fool contributor and financial planner Dan Caplinger about how students and parents can make smart college choices without jeopardizing their financial futures. Dan notes that while student-loan lenders have reaped big profits from extending credit to students, high debt burdens and a weak job market have held graduates back. Moreover, the scrutiny of for-profit educational institutions has added to the debate over whether college is a good value.

Dan talks about several things to consider in getting the most from your education savings. By critically assessing the long-term merits of a school to a student's career and comparing them with the costs involved and financial resources available, you can make a decision that provides the right fit without breaking your budget.

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Editor's note: The volume levels in some segments of the video are low. We apologize for the inconvenience.


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Dan Caplinger
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Dan Caplinger has been a contract writer for the Motley Fool since 2006. As the Fool's Director of Investment Planning, Dan oversees much of the personal-finance and investment-planning content published daily on Fool.com. With a background as an estate-planning attorney and independent financial consultant, Dan's articles are based on more than 20 years of experience from all angles of the financial world.

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