Federal aid for higher education has not kept up with tuition rates at public or private universities. This is not a new phenomenon. It has been happening for years, but according to Brent Staples in the recent New York Times article, Shut Out of Higher Education, it wasn't until the Great Recession that the issue has been brought into the spotlight. State legislatures have pulled back funding, pushing more and more of college costs onto students. Students, not receiving the financial or academic support they need to succeed, have dropped out with mounting debt, or have decided to forgo college all together. So how do we restore access for low-income and working-class Americans who are increasingly finding themselves shut out of higher education? Start here and keep the conversation on the forefront of the public's mind.