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Thousands Of Students Attend 20th Annual CSRA College Night

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Hundreds of colleges from across the country were at the James Brown Arena for the 20th Annual CSRA college night. It's always an exciting night for students as they get to speak with recruiters from more than 150 colleges, but as tuition costs continue to go up, some parents are not as excited as their children.

Each year, thousands of students and their parents pack into the James Brown Arena for CSRA College Night.

"My daughter is getting ready to go to school, after she graduates, so we were trying to get our feet wet as far as what the process is like," Eric Woodard says.

Woodard and his daughter Zoe spent the night looking for a college she may attend in 2015.

"I'm excited about getting to know myself better. Being faced with challenges and seeing how well I can deal with obstacles that come my way," Zoe says.

But for her father, one of those obstacles is the cost of tuition.

According to College Board, tuition for in-state public four-year schools was an average $8,655 last year. Room and board was an average $9,205. That's almost $18,000 a year.

And when you attend an out of state school, those costs are often three times higher. That's something the Woodard family may have to consider.

"My dream school is NYU because it's in New York," Zoe says.

Because of that, Mr. Woodard says he may have to get another job.

"I don't like it because I'm trying to save money," he says.

When it comes to picking a college, he has other plans for his daughter.

"I want her to stay. I would rather her go to GRU, to be honest with you, I'd rather GRU. But if she wants to get away from home a little bit, maybe just somewhere in Georgia," he says.

Zoe says she understands out-of-state tuition costs more money, but she says to her, college is about getting away from parents. It's a time for her to grow on her own.

"He wants me to stay in Augusta. And I don't want to stay in Augusta," Zoe says.

The College Board website says that in 2012, public school tuition rates went up by 5%. For community colleges, tuition went up almost 6%.

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