Cartoon: The college hoard

High school seniors have found their wallets drained once again by The College Board—this time, when submitting their CSS profile, an online application for non-federal financial aid. This counter-intuitive nature of the College Board is also seen in the purchasing of Advanced Placement (AP) tests. Students who strive to become attractive college applicants must bear the $96 fee for each exam, which is a burden even with fee waivers for students taking multiple AP classes. The monetization of better access to higher education invokes bitter feelings among learners, especially when The College Board emphasizes its status as a nonprofit. (Andrew Shu)