The reason why college is so expensive now is because government got involved in an attempt to make college more accessible. When student loans and financial aid were created by the government, the universities discovered that since the students weren't to be paying directly themselves, they could charge whatever they wanted for tuition and miscellaneous charges. Aside from the colleges taking advantage of this increase of revenue from the government, you have several students who do not take their time in college seriously because they did not bear the cost, students who waste their financial aid instead of using it to invest in themselves, students who do not choose a proper major to pay back their loans or just students who find out that college is not for them, but are now saddled with tons of debt - sometimes from less than a complete year in college. I speak from experience because I am working while getting my college degree and have no student loans. I have had to pay most of my way... But of all the things I've listed above, I know more than one person from each category. Subsidizing colleges even more is not the answer. We can find ways to make college more affordable, but it's not through free tuition and it's not wise to give students a free pass and not have them pay back their loans. They need to take personal responsibility for their actions.