"The states cut budgets, the price goes up, and the (federal) money goes to that," said Patrick Callan, president of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. "For 25 years we've been putting more and more money into financial aid, and tuition keeps going up. We're on a national treadmill."
"This trend cannot be reversed simply by actions from the federal government," said Mr. Callan. "It requires an effort by any administration to bring the several states, governors, legislators and institutions of higher education together. They have the greatest control over higher education policy, and they must be engaged with in order to solve the real problem."