EDUCATION: MORE EXPENSIVE THAN EVER
College costs have increased a whopping 498.31% since 1986 according to one study.
The proportion of money that public colleges and universities received from states dropped from 38.3% in 1991-1992 to 24.4% in 2008-2009.
States reoriented their financial aid programs away from need-based assistance to merit-based aid, which favors wealthier students.
WHY WE SHOULD CARE
Students not only pay more than they used to for a higher education, but also have to borrow more extensively than ever.
OUR TIME OPINION
States and the federal government need to work together to make education more affordable, not less. That means reducing tuition costs, and protecting the availability of financial aid for those who truly need it.