Colleges and universities were also much more affordable so that a lot of us were able to work and pay for our own college education without any government help at all. Private grants and endowments helped a great deal in providing scholarships for meritorious poorer students and my college gave those of us who needed it opportunity to earn some of our fees and other expenses.
One of the cruelest hoaxes imposed on the middle class is the progressive notion that if the federal government doesn't do it, it won't get done. And that somehow the money for a 'free' junior college or whatever just materializes out of thin air and doesn't impose additional hardship on an already struggling middle class.
"I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it." --Benjamin Franklin 1776
We are talking about education and the effect of government on education.
Diversion is another liberal tactic. Lose the battle, change the war.