By JLP | November 24, 2010
Reader and commenter, Veritroth, left the following comment on yesterday’s post, This Would Be Funny if it Wasn’t so Pathetic:
Being on the topic of student loans, I’m curious what your position is on student loans and government involvement in education. I’d imagine you’d prefer less involvement than we currently have, but I was hoping to you could elaborate a little on your thoughts.
Although I’m far from an expert in this area, I can say that I think government involvement has helped make college more expensive. Colleges and universities have basically been able to put any price they want on the cost of education. They can do this because they know that the whatever the cost, the government will provide the funding. Had this source of funds not been there, colleges might have had to do some belt-tightening. Am I correct? I don’t know. It’s my opinion of the matter.
Regardless, government involvement in education in an effort to make college more affordable has had the opposite effect. What they should have done instead was force colleges to post their budgets online for all to see and scrutinize. Put some heat on the university to show us exactly why the cost of an education is outpacing inflation. That information would go along way towards keeping college costs in check.
What say you, AFM readers?