It may come as a surprise to some parents, but most of their kids think they have college costs handled. The evidence that leads them to this conclusion is that:
a) parents usually figure out how to pay for what they need and
b) parents tell them they need to go to college.
But college costs more than a class ring or a used car. College tuition is more like the cost of a house. Parents are uneasy at this time of year and most feel that they have college costs anything but handled.