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The Student Debt Problem Is Worse Than We Imagined
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The Student Debt Problem Is Worse Than We Imagined

Author Ben Miller explains how student loans have turned college into a debt trap for many.

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  • Ben Miller

Millions of students will arrive on college campuses soon, and they will share a similar burden: college debt. The typical student borrower will take out $6,600 in a single year, averaging $22,000 in debt by graduation, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

There are two ways to measure whether borrowers can repay those loans: There’s what the federal government looks at to judge colleges, and then there’s the real story. The latter is coming to light, and it’s not pretty.

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Authors

Ben Miller

Vice President, Postsecondary Education