This sounds like a great idea, but this is only realistic if colleges and universities have magic balls and can predict the future. First, colleges and universities would have to predict any trouble in the economy. Any blip in economic stability can impact the cost of a higher education. Second, state schools would have to predict their budgets and how much their states are allocating to higher education. As a New Yorker, and college professor, there have been times when we didn’t know what our budgets would be for the fall until some time in the middle of the summer. We use some kind of forecasting, but depending on the whims of state politicians these forecasts could be accurate or incredibly wrong. Maybe if state governments and the federal government would actually fund higher education at the levels it did 40 years ago, the rapidly rising costs wouldn’t be as big of a problem. It’s mostly not the schools fault. The reality is politicians have increasingly made decisions to put the cost of higher education on the backs of students. I know this first hand and pay quite a lot every month on my own student loans.