Education is increasing because of demand. When I grew up, not everyone was expected to go to college, now it’s a given. State schools run at a loss made up by tax payers. They simply don’t charge enough tuition to cover their costs. But when tax revenues are short, they have to make decisions on where to make changes. Remember colleges are funded by states, not the feds. Although there is some federal money for education, it’s not anywhere close to being a factor when compared to military spending. And none of this really leads to inflation.