We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It’s been 30 years since then-Education Secretary William J. Bennett took to the pages of The New York Times to chide colleges for their “greedy” behavior. He decried the negative effect federal student aid seemed to have on tuition, namely, that it allowed universities to raise prices without feeling the consequences of reduced demand or lower-quality students...
It's . . . it's almost as if jiggering with price signals for benign purposes ultimately degraded things for everyone.
Maybe the only way to minimize the problem is to give no-strings money to students who genuinely want to attend college, and then trust them to use the money for that purpose instead of putting it up their noses. Some of them would waste the money, you'd know better next time about how to choose a really able and motivated student, and the university wouldn't be tempted to inflate prices beyond the actually available pool of good students.
You can't do this kind of thing with distant bureaucratic money, of course. It has to be done face-to-face, which is another advantage.