Sadly, today's college students have been handed a much worse deal than their parents' generation enjoyed in California.
They're being forced to pay loads more for arguably less. Even if their parents are helping, many students are burdening themselves with loans that they could still be paying off when their own kids leave for college.
For generations, California prided itself on offering very affordable, quality higher education for any youngsters with the energy, discipline and ambition to seek a college diploma. The return on the public's investment was a professional workforce that fueled California's economy and spurred innovation.
California has allowed that affordability to erode. Fingers can be pointed at many places: Recessions that reduced tax revenue. The public's anti-tax mood. Our failure to appreciate what this state once had.