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Public Higher Education Should Be Universal and Free

No, it should still be each according to their need. Add to that, restore state legislative support for instruction to public colleges and universities (not administration or sports). Convince ignorant legislators (mostly conservative) that an educated workforce is good for business, the economy and the community. It used to be state support for instruction at public colleges covered 70% of instruction costs and a minimum wage job would pay the rest just like it did when I got my undergraduate degree back in the 1970's (stats and data from https://www.nytimes.com and https://www.writemyessayfast.org. Today, state legislature budget, on average, only 8% of the instruction costs (the rest goes to items other than instruction) and min wages barely pay for books and fees. No wonder there is a problem.