Just another example of balkanizing the country. Sit on your arse in front of a computer and blame someone else for your miserable life.
I was born a couple years before the official Baby Boomer generation, but since I started my career late, eleven years after I graduated HS, I will give my two cents.. Real poverty was the reason.
When I graduated HS in 1960, the only student loan available was $200.00 if I could scrape up $200.00 to match it. My older sister and brother each gave me $100.00. I started, and earned my tuition and board by working in the university cafeteria. After a year I dropped out, joined the Navy, with the condition that my $200.00 student loan would be repaid out of my $78.00 a month salary. I spent seven years aboard a submarine during the cold war, as a deterrent to Soviet aggression. Those seven years qualified me for the GI Bill, which I took advantage of and earned my BS Degree.
Contrast that with the hardship of the present college age generation who believes life is being unfair to them.