I'm not convinced that students qualifying for aid is a sign that they or their parents are poor. I recall one of my own relatives whose father had an ordinary job. She was flabbergasted to discover that she was the only person among a large group of friends who didn't qualify for a grant (this was before the system was changed in Ireland). All those friends came from well heeled families but their parents weren't working in regular jobs. At least you have Catholic colleges in the US. They can be improved, and probably would be if a Pope were willing to face down the Jesuits. Pope St. John Paul started to do that but didn't see it through, presumably due to the intervention by Cardinal Martini (of St. Gallen Mafia fame or infamy). It's a pity that Fr. Hessburgh was a close personal friend of Pope Paul V1, otherwise he and his cohorts might well have been excommunicated, as they should have been. For all his academic achievements, he was dazzled by the Rockefellers. I suppose that even the most learned people can suffer from a deep rooted inferiority complex.