Why Can’t We Afford Access?

June 9, 2011

I look at this chart and do not understand why we cannot provide more public support for young people from low and modest income families to go to college.

We’re spending about $35 billion in FY11 on Pell grants.  We’re currently spending $700 billion on the military: twenty times as much.

Chart courtesy of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, via The Economist.

About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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