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College Costs

The cost of a college education continues to rise, so naturally a bunch of

politicians (Democrats in this case), want to throw federal money at the

problem. Inside Higher Ed has the story.

 

The basic idea is for the federal government to provide block grants to

states “in an effort to help them keep college costs down.” To get the

money, the states would have to keep their higher-ed spending at least

constant and keep tuition increases down to the rate of inflation. How much

the states would get would depend on attendance and graduation rates.

 

Obviously, this doesn’t really keep costs down, but only spreads the costs

around to federal taxpayers. It also creates the same kinds of incentives

that states often create for K-12 funding — money depends not on

educational results, but on the number of bodies. If this idea were to

become law, we can expect more gimmicks to get weak students into college

and to keep them there until graduation.

 

Several politicians, including North Carolina’s governor Mike Easley, are

quoted as saying that the Republican Congress hasn’t done enough to help

students afford college. I’d like to know where in the Constitution

Congress is given the power to try to make people’s educational choices affordable.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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