It's the election issue everyone — regardless of party — can relate to, and a problem affecting a majority of voters, yet candidates have offered few details on how to address rapidly rising college costs and mounting student loan debt.
That didn't change much Wednesday night at the third Republican debate, though the candidates who did address the issue seemed to agree on a few points.
One, that states should have more involvement — and the federal government should have less. "We do not need the federal government involved in this," said former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. "It's broken."
Ohio Gov. John Kasich pointed to ways that his state is already "changing the system" to help lower the cost of college. "Universities won't get paid a dime unless a student graduates or completes a course," he said. "And we're working to go after the cost drivers," he added, though he did not offer specifics.
The GOP candidates also pointed to lower cost alternatives to the traditional on-campus four-year college degree. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said the U.S. should bring back vocational schools. "We need to get back to training people in this country to do the jobs of the 21st century," Rubio said. "People need to get trained to do this work while they're still in high school so they can graduate and go to work."
And Kasich said: "We need to take advantage of online education to reduce the costs."