If you're like me, you can remember many days during your childhood that you didn't want to roll out of bed to meet the big yellow bus. Even though a lot of us take our education for granted, it's important to remember that we're lucky to live in a society that gives us the right to free, public schooling.
The key word here is "public." Depending on the city and state where you live, private school tuition can cost thousands of dollars per year, and we can promise you that these fees will never go on sale.
This goes for a college education, too. Many of today's high school students work hard for scholarships because college tuition is becoming more costly every year. Even though a chosen few are granted all-inclusive scholarships that cover tuition, board and books, many young people still graduate from college with thousands of dollars in debt.
Ambitious students who want to obtain a master's or doctorate degree will be ponying up even more. Students who enter medical school or law school should also expect to pay full price for their education. And over the course of your years of schooling, if you ever hire a tutor to help you pass a tough exam, cough up the money for those steep hourly rates -- tutors never discount their fees, either!