Can We Still Afford Higher Ed?

Feb 13, 2013

Higher ed
Is higher education financially possible for Washington students?
Credit Flickr illustration/Curtis Cronn

Recent debate over the future of the state's pre-paid tuition program and the continually rising cost of college raises a larger question: Who is going to pay for a college education? It used to be that Washington state paid most of the cost of a public university degree. Today, students must find most of the funds. As costs rise, how will society keep higher education affordable? William Zumeta heads the graduate program at the Evans School of Public Affairs and has written about the costs of college. He joins us to talk about how we can make sure people in Washington state can pursue higher education without having to go into crushing debt.

Also this hour: Congress hears testimony this week on the impact that across-the-board automatic spending cuts known as sequestration would have on the nation's military readiness. We talk with William Hartung of the Arms & Security Project at the Center for International Policy