My mom didn't grasp how bad the situation was for school until we compared tuition. In 1995, she was paying $9/credit. In 2015, going to the same community college she did, I was paying $47/credit. In that time, minimum wage increased by 2x, where tuition increased 5.2x. She has since gotten off the whole "They should just go to college and get a better life, it's easy" rant now.