I'm amazed by the number of people who address this dilemma by applying the solution that worked for them and their life. The often overlooked piece is that equality and justice don't look the same. We all have started from different places. Doors that might have been open for you in your quest for education aren't open to all. I paid my own way through college. I worked two minimum wage part time jobs to pay my tuition, room and board. If I worked the same minimum wage part time jobs the same number of hours today, that might cover books and a few meals. I would have to be a sufficient level of poor to get financial aid (which I wasn't) or go into debt today for a student loan. For a self-pay student to work and go to school today is insane. They end up taking 6+ years to graduate (due to school and work load) or decide to settle for the student loan route. Free might not be the only answer but "affordable" would make higher education possible for more people. A country where more were educated than not would make for a stronger country! Let's find a way beyond "I got mine, let them figure out how to get theirs". A mass of uneducated citizens hurts us all. Let's protect our nation through education.