A look at how unreasonable college costs have become, from Inside Higher Ed
In 1974, a year of attendance at the University of Oregon (the flagship university in my state) cost what a student working minimum wage could earn working 27 hours a week, year-round. That is a lot of work for a full-time student during the school year, but was not impossible and could be offset by more work hours in the summer.
By 2004, a full-time student would have to work 46 hours a week to pay for the same attendance. That is essentially impossible, cannot be sufficiently offset by summer earnings and is the fundamental gap that policy makers either donâ€™t understand or choose to ignore because it is too depressing and canâ€™t be fixed.
I'm not sure that I agree with the author's proposed solutions, but the article contains several more good illustrative examples of how unaffordable college is becoming for those in the middel and lower classes.