It isn't just tuition increases that are driving up the cost of college. Around the country, deep budget cuts are forcing colleges to lay off instructors and eliminate some classes, making it harder for students to get into the courses they need to earn their degree. The likely result: more time in college.

That might sound agreeable to nostalgic alumni, but to students such as Michael Redoglia, time is money.

Early this semester at San Francisco State University, Redoglia unsuccessfully crashed 26 different classes, hoping to find space that would move him closer to a hospitality management degree.

Outside some classrooms, wait-listed students


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