The desirable nation we think we can't afford

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At a time when many students still see college as their best hope for a rewarding career, higher education has become more expensive, far outpacing the steady increase in the cost of living. As a consequence, average student debt at graduation is currently pushing $30,000. In some cases, student debt reaches a disheartening six figures.

But falling beyond the reach of these daunting statistics are many capable students who don't accumulate student debt because they can't scrape together the means to go to college in the first place.

Which raises a question: Wouldn't our nation be better off if all American students were encouraged, or even assisted, by public policy to push their intellectual capacities to their maximums? What if all higher education in our country were extremely affordable? Or even free?

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