According to a recent study, the need for nicer dorms is what's driving up the cost of a higher education. Inside Higher Ed shared the findings of an audit the Virginia state board performed on the financial situation of state schools. The study alleges that "auxiliary services, including housing, dining and intercollegiate athletics" are responsible for state college tuition being so expensive:
“Spending on auxiliary enterprises funded by students was the largest driver of these spending increases. Auxiliary enterprise spending per student, after inflation, increased $821 at Virginia’s six research institutions and $906 at the other nine non-research institutions.”
However, other researchers say this is flat-out incorrect because all of these services yield a profit, adding that the entire issue of the cost of college is a "complicated" one. You know what else is "complicated"? Post-grad life, as former students struggle to find jobs to pay back loans.