Why does the amount of college debt keep rising? Are students threatening their own futures by taking on unwieldy debt loads? And how big is the danger of indebted graduates not being able to pay back what they borrowed? We explore the causes and effects of large amounts of student debt.
Richard Schwartz, professor of English, University of Missouri and author of “Is a College Education Still Worth the Price? A Dean’s Sobering Perspective”
Paul Wagner, deputy commissioner, Missouri Department of Higher Education
Sandy Baum, professor of economics emerita at Skidmore College and independent higher education policy analyst for the College Board (joining by phone)
OTHER RELATED READING:
Room for Debate: Easing the Pain of Student Loans (The New York Times)
A Generation Hobbled by the Soaring Cost of College (The New York Times)
Student Debt Is Growing But Is Not a National Crisis, Speakers Say (The Chronicle of Higher Education)