In CA, it's $5,472 per academic year. When I attended it was a lot cheaper, and I also received the GI Bill.
I haven't used my VA education benefits, I'm saving them for my son when he goes to college in a couple of years, he will be a senior next year.
BTW, college should be "cheap" because that's how our economy remains competitive in the world.
College isn't cheap though and making loans cheaper or the education free will do nothing to bring down the cost of education. I blame the education institutions themselves and the federal govt.
My problem with higher education is thinking that all degree's are the same. I'm not willing to pay for a purposeless education but more then willing to pay for anything in STEM. Want to learn women's or minority studies, pay for it yourself, if they want to learn engineering and the hard sciences, then I'm willing to help. Unfortunately we place to much worthiness on useless degree's and elevate them above other more useful degrees.
Many college students now graduate with huge loans.
With degree's in things that will never ever pay for their loans. They should have planned better for the future. How can you expect to pay back a $50,000 loan with a job that pays under $40,000? A BS in Sociology isn't going to pay what the education is worth but it isn't stopping UW Madison from graduating more students with Sociology degrees then it did with Engineering degrees. Who has a better chance of paying back the loan? Another question remain, why do such degrees cost about the same and take the same amount of time? One is clearly more valuable than the other.
Which college did you attend that was free?
I see what you did there, you shifted the meaning of what I was saying. You seem to think I'm implying they are free now, which we all know isn't the case so don't play games. The left WANTS to give everything away for free, the items I mentioned in posts above which you seem to have completely bypassed, and they want others to pay for it.