College Debt Is Increasing Number Of Students

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Over the last several decades, rising tuition rates and changes in federal and state policies, an increasing number of students are turning to college student loans. As a result of these changes in prices and policies, the percentage of undergraduates borrowing has increased from 37.8% to 46.2% for public 4-year institutions and from 48.5% to 58.9% for private institutions. According to one estimate, student loan debt has reached $1 trillion dollars, surpassing credit card debt (Reynolds and Brandon). Most recently, another report estimated that two-thirds of college graduates in 2011 had an average loan debt of $26,600, which is an increase of 5% from the previous year (Chen and Wiederspan). There are numerous factors involved in the…show more content…
By 2013, 39 million people had student loans, and the average balance was nearly $25,000 (Nelson). Although the growing cost of education is certainly one of the reasons for the rising student debt, there are several others. But the relationship between lender and student borrower is troubling. Students without much of a credit score or credit history are being approved for thousands of dollars in loans by lenders who are gambling they’ll be able to pay it back after getting a college degree. The wake-up call occurs after graduation when many students realize their loan debt exceeds any annual salary they’re able to earn–if they can find a job, that is (Touryalai). According to a new Wells Fargo study, about one-third of millennials say they would have been better off working, instead of going to college and paying tuition. More than half of the 1,414 surveyed, financed their education through student loans, and many say the if they had $10,000 the “first thing” they’d do is pay down their student loan or credit card debt (Touryalai). Student borrowers are delaying major life decisions, like buying a home or car, as a result of their student loans. The other problem with student debt is a lack of financial education. The first major financial decision many students are making is with their college loans. It’s a major decision and often times there’s been little financial education that’s been taught. The Wells
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