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Borrowing Trouble

by Tod Massa 16. August 2013 20:12

The last report packages on the student debt of graduates are out for review. At least, I think they are the last. On one level, it seems there is only so much one can say about the accumulated student loans for recent graduates. After all, you can count the borrowers and compute percentage of graduates that borrow and their average/median debt and that seems an end of its own. Of course, we go further with some obvious breakouts of domicile, gender, and broad race/ethnic groups. And, of course, program.

There are some interesting stories and trends even in these broad levels. We'll be writing about those in the weeks to come. There are even more stories to tell based on the relationship between debt and completion (such as time-to-degree. and different paths) and debt and earnings.

Student debt has been in the news a lot these days. It seems there are two sides. One claims borrowing is out of control and the other is that, for most students, the debt is manageable and worth the degree. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle and I think it will take more data than what we have to determine the absolute truth.

We are also implementing a new feature to the SCHEVResearch Community - a weekly email alerting you to content changes. You can disable this in your members dashboard if you feel it is too much, but I hope you won't as I think you will find it useful. Within a few months, this email will also include information as to when new reports are posted to the site as this is a design specification for a new management tool currently under development.

I hope your summer is going well. 

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