“The shift began in the 1980s, in terms of a changing political philosophy. President Ronald Reagan’s budget director, David Stockman, said in 1981, ‘If people want to go to college bad enough, then there is opportunity and responsibility on their part to finance their way through the best way they can.’ When those who argued that college is a private benefit framed it like that, it became logical to say that education should be paid for by the people that it benefits. And so in the 1990s, the vast expansion of loans for higher education began.” The Atlantic with a look at why college became so expensive. (Now that it’s so costly, is it still worth it?)