Recently, AEI president Arthur Brooks wrote an interesting op-ed piece about how he managed to acquire an affordable college degree, what he calls “the $10,000 college degree — the so-called 10K-B.A.” I respect his thriftiness, but it’s worth noting that there’s another way to provide low-cost public college education–have taxpayers step up and pay for it. As I’ve noted before, Massachusetts could provide a free college education (tuition and fees) to every student without having runaway taxation. Charges $2,500 per year would be even easier.
I can’t speak to the situation in every state, but there is another way other than lowering our sights. A nation that flushes toilets using infrared sensors can afford to subsidize higher education.