The United States will never successfully address rising college prices if the federal government continues to go it alone on higher education funding.
Each year, the U.S. Education Department hands out around $120 billion in grants and loans to students. This financial aid makes it possible for students to seize educational opportunities that would otherwise be out of their grasp. But for colleges — and especially states — this federal aid is a blank check.
The above excerpt was originally published in The Washington Post .