I always say the best reason to have dogs instead of kids is that you don't have to pay for college. The Chicago Tribune reports that next year University of Illinois tuition is going up 9.5% to $8,440 per year. That is almost as much as I paid at private Aurora University in the early 1990s. As I recall, tuition was $8,900 junior year and $9,300 senior year. Fortunately, I covered most of that with scholarships.
Of course, tuition increases are not news anymore. Education costs have been rising at a higher rate than inflation for many years. Out of curiosity, I looked up current tuition at my alma mater. For the 2007-2008 year, full-time students will pay $8,375 per semester. That's an increase of 80% in fifteen years!
I guess that makes me feel a little better about paying $2,700 for Rosco's knee surgery two years ago -- it still beats hell out of paying for college.