In response to Gary Griffith’s letter (Letters, “Plan is unhelpful,” Aug. 18):
The average household income of a family of four in California in 1975 was $17,393, versus $630 for undergraduate tuition for University of California schools.
That means, in 1975, tuition was 3.6 percent of the average family’s income in California. Compare that to $12,240 tuition and $75,656 average income in 2013, making tuition 16.2 percent of the average family’s income.
This quadrupling of tuition-to-income ratio is made far worse for students who come from lower-income families, or students who require an advanced degree for their future careers.
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Is it reasonable to force students to go into tens (or hundreds) of thousands of dollars of debt to obtain an education?
As the disproportionate increase in tuition continues, a college education is becoming simply too imprudent of an investment for many young Americans.
I do agree that not every student deserves free tuition, but students who show great academic merit and financial need should not have to say no to a better future because of exorbitant tuition.
Now that the baby boomers are retiring in large numbers, this country needs an educated (and not hopelessly indebted) younger generation more than ever.