October 25, 2008 8:32 PM

Florida economic meltdown dampens dreams of college

For Charlie Enright, a shaggy-haired 16-year-old junior at Archbishop McCarthy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. with a serious appetite for history and literature, a small liberal arts college in Vermont has long been the focus of his higher-education longings. But one consequence of the current economic meltdown is that the college dreams of thousands of smart, ambitious teenagers are yielding to harsh economic realities.

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