Can you work your way through university, like your parent? No.
The dramatic rise in the cost of going to university in the US is a crisis no one is paying attention to. This graph analyzes how many hours you would have to work to pay for your education over the years.
You know HAVE TO have other support (to be saddled with debt). We are setting our children up for less success as they go out into the world.
I hate saying this but at times I believe this is deeply questionable behavior by our education system. Should we have shiny buildings in lieu of setting students up for success? Should we make undergrads pay $60k per year for university research? Etc.
To learn more about how Duke justifies charging it's undergrad $60k per year, please listen to this short, and excellent, episode of Planet Money: http://goo.gl/rhfI5Q
(Duke believes that in charging you $60k per year, they are giving you a $30k discount! YES, a 30,000 dollar discount!!)
Randal's post, from which the graph below is taken, is here: http://goo.gl/RJc08H
Short post, well worth reading.
Please note that I'm not saying University leadership consists of terrible people. These are some of the smartest people on the planet. I believe there is massive group think going on, an arms race of focusing on the wrong things, and not enough focus on why they really exist.