10/24/2011 09:40 am ET Updated Dec 24, 2011

'Money & Happiness' With Laura Rowley: Nailing Down the Cost of College (VIDEO)

How do you avoid sending your kid off into the world without a pile of student loan debt? One key is to figure out the real, bottom-line price of a specific college -- before you apply. DailyFinance's Laura Rowley shows how.