When I was in college in the 1940s, I was able to pay my own way at a private university. Today, the cost of attending my alma mater is over $44,000, and it’s almost impossible for a student to work his way through. Even if a student has a full-time job, he would have to earn more than $20 an hour to cover tuition.
The easy availability of government money is a problem, not a solution. In the last five years, public university tuition has increased 27%. The costs have risen the most at schools that are directly supported by tax dollars. Food banks for starving students are not a long-term solution. The solution is for tuition to decrease so that students can afford both education and food. And that will only happen when Congress reduces the amount of taxpayers' money that is available to students for college loans.
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