The cost of higher education in the United States has made the transition to college very difficult for middle class and working families alike. For high-achieving African American students, cost is also an important consideration when choosing which college or university to attend. In our sample of 718 students, we found that many survey respondents and interview participants were concerned about the rising cost of college, and the definite impact on their college choice process. As a result, over 34% of our interview sample, chose to attend a CSU and 7% chose to attend a community college.