The author challenges the "snap shot" approach to measuring a family's ability to pay and suggests as an alternative a more long term approach which would encourage early family planning for the costs of college.
Case, Karl E.
"College Costs, Financial Aid and A Bunch of Confused Parents,"
Journal of Student Financial Aid: Vol. 17
, Article 5.
Available at: http://publications.nasfaa.org/jsfa/vol17/iss2/5