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.
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.