College in America can be very expensive. One year of tuition at a public American university will run you around $10,000 — if you’re an in-state student. (Just for some perspective, one year at a public college in Japan is about $6,000.) And then there are private U.S. colleges, which cost an average of $35,260 per year.
Some states have been working to make public college more affordable. Or better yet, they’ve been working to make public college free. The broader thinking, first brought under serious consideration during the Obama administration, is that having a college degree is required for many jobs today.