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Poll: Finances dictating college, career choices

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Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 6:04 pm

(AP) — A new poll finds that students are more likely to consider dropping out of college because of money troubles than because of bad grades. Students say money also influences everything from which school they attend to what career they seek after graduation.

Almost 6 in 10 college students in the Associated Press-Viacom survey said they rely on loans to help pay their way. And nearly half of them feel uncomfortable with the debt. About two-thirds work to help pay college costs.

Many students are racing to the finish to save money: About 4 in 10 hope to graduate in less than four years.

Despite rising tuition, 85 percent of students and recent grads say college is worth the time and money they put into it.

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