A good state school (your own state's, or another's) has always seemed like a decent option when considering colleges. There would be a diverse student body (if a little top heavy geographically), decent instructors and the unfailing and usually generous support of the state. That was then.
This is now. Granted, New Jersey is in deep financial trouble. Also granted: something must be done, no matter how unpopular the actions. But it is still difficult to fathom the long-term effects when $173 million is cut from state universities and colleges. The result, according to the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities, will be larger class sizes, fewer faculty hires, less choice in classes, cutbacks in technology and financial aid.
The national economic picture is looking brighter, but it is tough to imagine when things will look better for individuals. Right now it feels as if we are caught in an infinite domino effect that won't be alleviated by the time our freshmen are ready to enter college.