I bet those kids wouldn’t be “disadvantaged” if their parents weren’t subjected to low paying jobs because they didn’t go to college.
Although, that is just an assumption.
If you do good, you’ll get into college and you’ll get help paying for it. If you get all C’s through high school, then sorry.
Here is the larger problem: we need to appreciate professions that don’t require college degrees. Such as plumbing or electrician work. Because that is currently where all the bank is. Because since everyone “has” to go to college, they think jobs such as plumbing are beneath them. So, that means the demand for plumbers has increased and those who are willing to do that job get paid well.
Back in the 50s when only like 10% of people went to college, everyone was fine. You could still do very well and be middle class and move on to upper class without a degree.
So my answer is lets focus less on a piece of paper and more on skills and talents and merits.
We wouldn’t need all these programs if college wasn’t this huge MUST.