I don't think you know how it is in the United States. Everyone, and I mean everyone can attend higher education. All that is required is the will to do so. It is not like in Germany, where your lot in life is determined by the test scores you make after school. Either you go to university or to a trade school. At least, that is how I have heard it described. Here, you can be a high school dropout, get a GED, go to community college and bring your GPA up, and transfer to a university of your choosing. Or you can go to a tradeschool, or you can be a bum. Not every school is Princeton or Harvard. There have been lots of people who have went to less prestigious schools and succeeded without the school's prestige. In fact, one of the jokes in the college I went to was how to make a motor spin the other way. The hoity-toity educated student will go and write on the board about magnetic fields and flux, field equations describing the internal going-ons of the motor. Us, Cal-State educated students will go and swap the polarity on the leads.