December 8th, 2008

WATCH: Higher Ed, Higher Costs

Since the early 80s, college tuition and fees have grown 375%. That’s almost 3 times the median family income. How is everyone involved handling the rising economic pressures of paying for college?

This two-part series examines how the nation’s public universities and its students are faring amid the economic downturn rising costs of higher education.

This program is made possible by the following funders:
Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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I thought the article on how rising college costs and increasing levels of debt are affecting today’s students was timely and well-done. However, I think two important issues were ignored that have a huge impact on how students and their parents might gauge whether student debt is appropriate or not. You might consider doing a follow-up that details the differences between federally subsidized loans and private lending. The terms are very different and too many people view both kinds of loans as the same thing.

You also didn’t highlight any of the new options for repayment or forgiveness of loans if one chooses certain careers—including teaching in high-need areas. This, too, seems like a very important piece of information for prospective students and their parents to have as they are making difficult decisions about pursuing college (and taking out loans to do it)

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