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70% of college students graduate with debt. How did we get here?

by Samantha Fields Sep 30, 2019
We look into the history of rising tuition and shrinking student aid.
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How do income share agreements work?

by David Brancaccio and Rose Conlon Aug 16, 2019
Supporters say ISAs could help solve the student loan crisis.
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Scrimping and saving to attend college debt-free

by Mitchell Hartman Jun 10, 2019
One-third of students don't borrow. Some of them would qualify for federal loans, but want to enter the job market debt-free.
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A four-day workweek, good benefits, and a sense of pride: what American workers want from employers

by Marketplace Staff Jun 3, 2019
Our latest Marketplace-Edison Research Poll surveyed American workers to find out what they value in the workplace and some of the challenges that they’re facing.
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Morehouse gift highlights philanthropy ... and black student debt

by Kimberly Adams May 20, 2019
Billionaire tech investor Robert Smith surprised Morehouse graduates by promising to pay off their student loans. Black students are more likely than white students to graduate with student debt, according to research.
Billionaire philanthropist Robert Smith pledged up to $40 million to pay off Morehouse College graduates' student loans at commencement on Sunday.
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These college students will soon discover what living with debt is like

by Mitchell Hartman Apr 26, 2019
The average borrower will owe about $30,000 on student loans at graduation, which may delay homebuying or saving for retirement.
Sabrina Hayes, a community college student, is applying for financial aid to transfer to Portland State University. She's a single mother of 5-year-old twins and has borrowed about $50,000 to attend college so far.
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Is that student debt really worth the burden?

by Ben Bradford Apr 12, 2019
More than 40% of millennials and Gen Xers say they don't think so.
Nearly 300,000 students attended HBCUs in 2015.
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White House proposes caps on federal student loan borrowing

by Mitchell Hartman Mar 19, 2019
As college tuition and student debt continue to rise, the White House is proposing reforms to student loan policy.
Are you weighed down by student debt?
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Why student debt may be slowing down a generation of homeowners

by Amy Scott, Bennett Purser, and Liz Sanchez Feb 18, 2019
New Federal Reserve research says student loan debt is hurting the housing market.
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In an effort to attract young workers, Maine is offering to reimburse their student loan payments

by Robbie Feinberg Nov 30, 2018
It's no secret that workers are getting older nationwide. But the problem is extra tough in Maine.
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