I'm a grad student and to me the issue is clear: unless people born to families from all walks of life and all backgrounds have access to subsidized financing options for today's exorbitant tuition fees, the only people who are going to be able to access higher education are people like the Trumps. Such an outcome would be a complete disaster for all of society. Not only would it widen the already steep wealth and racial inequality gaps, fomenting deeper unrest, but it would diminish and de-enrich society, preventing our brightest minds from tackling the world's most pressing problems. Additionally, someone else brought up the point that subsidizing higher education and making it accessible to all is a must if we are hoping to increase American STEM workers, import less H1B workers on visa, and keep up with the rest of the world. I agree with this wholeheartedly as the 1st generation US-born daughter of immigrants who were among the first to come here on H1B visas and work in STEM. "America First" folks complain about immigrants coming and "stealing" American jobs, but then they turn around and vote (or support politicians who vote) to defund higher education loans and financial aid, blocking and stultifying that pipeline of US citizens who would gladly fill those high-paying STEM jobs had they the opportunity to do so. What they fail to understand is that in so many other countries (including those they condescendingly call the 3rd world) higher education, including graduate degrees, is comparatively dirt cheap. These countries realize that an educated citizenry is an empowered citizenry, and that removing financial barriers and improving access to education is investing in their economy with a multi-fold ROI. If the US fails to subsidize tuition and improve access to higher education, it should prepare to fall ever further behind in this dynamic, fast-changing world. That is not putting America, or its people, first.