Bradley MerkleyPOLS 1100-002Research Paper 1: Political Parties As millions of Americans know and thousands of our peers will find out college is expensive. Recently student debt has risen to a combined total of $1 Trillion dollars, or $26,600 per student. (Forbes) This overwhelming deficit and growing problem for millennials has influenced this election and both major parties overwhelmingly. This issue has fueled a debate onfederal spending, started an argument of whether we should focus on college or trade schools as viable sources of higher education, and shaped policies on government influence on college subsidization. Before going into depth there are some things we must consider other than what has already been discussed. “the cost of college, which has increased by 300 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars since our parents graduated, is putting a degree out of reach for millions of Americans.” (Politico) Not only is the average college debt higher than a mid-size sedan, it has also irrationally increased by over 300%, well above the rate of inflation since 1990. The reason behind this rise is a result of the 2008 recession political party polarization on the issue of higher education.