So if we are using a limiting case where metropolitan areas are the only place where you can study, I guess you would be correct. A shame that many top universities are located in relatively rural areas, take University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign for instance, which are very similar to the area that I study in. All of this ignores the multitude of grants, scholarships, and so forth available for low income students. And hell, if out of state tuition is the issue then go live and work in that state for a year or so and declare residency. Problem solved.
For some people, I apologize there isnt a one size fits all solutionYour post more or less supports my initial point: living on 15K a year is simply impossible in many metro areas let alone "living easily off 15K". You aren't denying the reality that 15K is not enough to live off in certain areas. You just propose a solution that is simply not viable, unrealistic and impractical for many people.
@Azoth - still a problem with your whole picture, it assumes a finite size of wealth. Whatever percentage is owned by a particular demographic is largely irrelevant when the total "Wealth" is not a fixed amount. Is income disparity an issue? Yes. But you are looking at it entirely incorrectly.