Then why the hell did I pay for college like a sucker?!<quoted text>
Of course public universities are funded with tax dollars. First from the state where they are located, then from grants and Federal funding for specific programs. That's how the Feds impose all the affirmative action etc stuff. The school complies or it loses its Federal funding and research grants.
There are also endowments. Tuition is a very small portion of the operating income.
Whereas if I was an illegal immigrant or other minority, I'd have gone for free.
Next thing you know, people are gonna start wanting free healthcare.
I'm smelling a scam.