The cost for a NYS local undergraduate resident living at home is currently $6670/year which is about 5% less than the national average..books can run as high as another $1200. A private school is another matter. My grandson was offered a scholarship to one but against the total cost of it, it was a pittance.
All kids get 12 years of free education, paid for through taxes whether you have school age kids or not. Who is willing to pay more taxes for free higher education for all? Not me. Denmark has the highest tax rate in the world. Not all young people are academic college material, some would do better and be happier in a trade. My oldest grandson was one of those. He had a mentor who got him into the building construction field as an inspector and he learned and liked it but was limited without further education. He started taking courses on his own at about $500/each. Each certificate he's earned was a raise in pay. Today he makes very good money, is very good at what he does and opportunities are there if he chooses to take them and no student loans.