It is interesting that even in the depths of our Great Recession, the cost of going to college continued to go up. Housing prices crashed. The stock market tanked. Deals were to be had on practically everything (if you had money). Everything but college costs.
The cost of going to college has gone up non-stop since the 1990s and the amount of debt associated with going to college is now the second largest category of debt carried by Americans (behind mortgage debt).
Take a look at this recent chart:
Even in the face of rising energy costs and the biggest housing bubble in our lifetime, college tuition and fees is in a world all unto itself.