Postsecondary education has become essential for getting a decent job and entering the middle class, but it has become financially out of reach for many of America’s young people. The cost of going to school has increased exponentially over the past 20 years, while financial aid policies have increasingly abandoned students with the greatest financial need. State disinvestment in public higher education over this period has shifted costs to students and families. This threatens not just the future well-being of individual students, but also our nation’s longstanding commitment to equal access to higher education regardless of socioeconomic background as low-income students are priced out of an education.
By John Quinterno (2012). New York: Dēmos.
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