Why public college costs keep rising

March 26, 2018 | | Progress Report |

According to a new study by Demos, a progressive think tank, public colleges aren’t so public anymore, and that’s deepening America’s racial and economic rift, an article on MarketWatch reports. [...]

While Trump’s proposed budget would make college even less accessible for working-class students, congressional lawmakers spurned it yesterday in favor of a massive spending bill that includes additional funds for student aid and ups Pell Grant awards for low-income students by $175 to a maximum of $6,095. (Currently, Pell Grants cover less than a third of the cost of attending a public college, notes Mark Huelsman, a policy analyst at Demos and author of the aforementioned study.) Unfortunately, that’s not nearly enough. What’s more, the president still has to sign the bill.