Mark Thoma: The Best Investment the U.S. Could Make Is Affordable Higher Education: “The skills-gap story ignores the fact…

…that education will never be the answer for everyone…. However… a college degree is a worthwhile investment…. Fortunately for me, CSU Chico, which was nearby, only charged approximately $100 per semester…. If it hadn’t been for the cheap tuition, I would have been stuck in that town with little hope of finding my potential. I am grateful to this day that the State of California gave me that opportunity for an education, and that I was able to eventually make it through graduate school with very little debt…. How many people who are in a situation like I faced will be stuck there, unable to afford to go to the college that best suits them, or can’t go at all? When that happens, when so much potential is unrealized, it makes us all worse off…. We can do better than this.