Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Public Universities Are A Public Good, Right?

Especially because they help the poor, right?  I know the president has popularized bashing for-profit schools and universities, but who says the public universities are doing any good, especially for the poor who are held up as beneficiaries?
Many public colleges and universities expect their poorest students to pay a third, half or even more of their families’ annual incomes each year for college, a new study of college costs has found.

With most American students enrolling in their states’ public institutions in hopes of gaining affordable degrees, the new data shows that the net price – the full cost of attending college minus scholarships – can be surprisingly high for families that make $30,000 a year or less.

The numbers track with larger national trends: the growing student-loan debt and decline in college completion among low-income students. 
This president sure likes to create bugaboo-bad-guys, doesn't he?  Does he have any good guys he and his ilk can point to?

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