[WS:] This is cheap, especially for a first rate institution. It is about $40k at JHU.
To play a devil's advocate, education has become more of credentialing and branding needed to obtain well paying positions of functionaries in the neoliberal institutional edifice than learning and critical thinking. From that pov, high tuition is a redistribution of wealth of a sort, from the future inflated corporate payola to the current wages of knowledge workers. Not a bad thing, no? Besides, if one is interested primarily in learning rather than obtaining brand name credentials, there are community colleges and they are dirt cheap in comparison.