Stating that some people shouldn't have the opportunity to attend college is moronic
The irony here is that the notion that "everyone should go to college" is exactly what removes this opportunity.
In 2012 you cannot attend LSU and pay full freight for 4 years on your own. No loans. No parents. You just simply can't make enough money (while in school) to make tuition payments + rent + food + everything else and still keep up with your studies. You would need to be clearing 20-25k a year after taxes which is simply not realistic while being a full time student. And lsu is dirt cheap compared to many state 4 year universities.
We need to "make college more affordable" (through gov backed guaranteed loans) is exactly wht is causing tuition to fricking skyrocket.
Econ 101: as the supply of money rises so do prices.
Schools can and do basically raise tuition every single year and there are no consequences. The banks will continue loan the money. Higher education costs are rising FASTER than healthcare.
Perfect example: an LSU law degree ran you about 3k in 1984. In state tuition for 3 years of LSU law runs you close to 50k today. OOS runs you over 100k. But more people can "afford" it than ever before.
Also, 100k+ in student loans are just numbers on fricking paper to a college student. What the frick do 18 year old kids know about making a commitment that large? Nothing. And the banks are more than willing to give then every penny the student/schools ask for. They are guaranteed. Can't be discharged in bankruptcy. You only get rid of it when you pay it back.