Tag Archives: Student debt

Unpacking the Myths of Financial Aid

Unpacking the Myths of Financial Aid
This is part of an ongoing series of printable pamphlets designed to explain how money flows through public research universities in general and the University of Michigan in particular.  By the Student Union of Michigan Originally published in StudentUnionofMichigan.Wordpress.com The pamphlets are intended to clarify arguments and push back against pervasive and seemingly “common sense” narratives about the crisis of public higher education ... Read more

New Cooperative Refinances Student Debt with Community Funds

New Cooperative Refinances Student Debt with Community Funds
Over the past two decades, the amount of money a college student must borrow to pay for their education has doubled. The graduates of 2014 now sit at the top of the class in student debt. Tuition fees have risen dramatically as household incomes have stagnated, at best, causing some 70 percent of students to fund their higher educations through loans. During the recession, the student debt issue really picked up steam as these kids ... Read more

Borrowing Against the Future

Borrowing Against the Future
America’s higher education system is gaining a reputation for high costs and large inequities. In 2012, the U.S. spent $491 billion on higher education1 and twice2 as much per student than comparable industrialized countries. Where is all that money going? Scholars have offered several explanations for these high costs including faculty salaries, administrative bloat, and the amenities arms race.3 These explanations, however, all miss a ... Read more

Worst. Anniversary. Ever. #TrillionDollarDebt

Worst. Anniversary. Ever. #TrillionDollarDebt
This week marks the two-year anniversary of student loan debt topping $1 trillion nationally — and another year of missed opportunities to address this growing crisis. That $1 trillion represents the second-largest personal debt in the United States. But even that jaw-dropping reality doesn’t tell the stories of millions of borrowers who are hamstrung by federal student loan policies and the lack of meaningful action to address this crisis. ... Read more

Welcome to the Creditocracy, Where Your Debt Piles Up Forever

Welcome to the Creditocracy, Where Your Debt Piles Up Forever
Last month, the Federal Reserve confirmed the ominous news. The decline in US household debt from sky-high 2008 levels has halted, and the figures are on the rise again – up by $241bn (or 2.1%) in the fourth quarter of 2013, following a smaller increase in the third quarter. Unlike auto loans, mortgages, and credit card balances, student debt never fell at all, and is fast approaching $1.2 tn. Economists seem to have decided that the “debt ... Read more

THE SUBPRIME EDUCATION CRISIS

THE SUBPRIME EDUCATION CRISIS
Oh dear. We appear to have what might be termed sub-prime student loans on which there are rising defaults. In fact it is possibly worse than sub-prime mortgages, because unlike mortgages, delinquent student loans cannot be written off in return for asset seizure. The borrower is stuck with the debt – possibly for life – while the lender, i.e. the US government, receives nothing. Really it is the worst of all possible worlds. Read more