In 2011, 45 percent of recent college grads were living with their parents. So for students hoping to graduate into a real job -- and a real apartment -- the question becomes how to get the biggest return on investment for their a college education while incurring the smallest possible debt.
More students and parents are approaching higher education like any other big investment -- one that requires serious research. Trouble is, the data can be hard to find -- and what's available isn't always trustworthy. Should Washington step in?