AMERIKA: College Was Once Free and For the Public Good—What Happened?



“…In 1927, John D. Rockefeller began campaigning for charging students the full cost it took to educate them. Further, he suggested that students could shoulder such costs through student loans”:

College Was Once Free and For the Public Good—What Happened? – By 

Students didn’t have to worry about tuition and debt until higher education became more about personal gain than contributing to society.

The promise of free college education helped propel Bernie Sanders’ 2016 bid for the Democratic nomination to national prominence. It reverberated during the confirmation hearings for Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, and Sanders continues to push the issue.

The increase in student loan debt should come as no surprise given the increasing cost of college.

In conversations among politicians, college administrators, educators, parents and students, college affordability seems to be seen as a purely financial issue—it’s…

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