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I agree with many of the issues that you highlight with the chart, but I can't see why 'at any income level' should be to the left of $40,000.

Isn't the family income one needs to qualify the amount stated or below? Therefore, qualification is hardest on the left hand side ($40,000 or below), and gets easier as you go right on the chart. This places 'at any income level' in the correct position.

Marty Alchin

I would agree with Chris on the income level issue. Consider a family with an income of $120,000. This is too high to qualify for anything other than the "any income level" colleges. Should a $120,000 income be placed below a $40,000 income, or above $100,000? Seems pretty obvious to me.

Of course, it's only obvious after logically thinking it through. The fact remains that it's a subtlety that would likely be lost on most of the parents trying to make sense of the chart.


Hey, I made my version of the table this chart should have been. You can see it at http://www.matatias.net/journal/?p=33

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