ERIC Number: ED568720
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Issues 2016: Is There a Student Debt Crisis?
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
Student debt is a convenient target in a presidential election year, but it obscures the true crisis: high dropout rates from low-quality postsecondary institutions and the unmanageable debt borne by students of those institutions. And despite rising student debt, monthly loan payments as a share of income have remained steady, added earnings having more than offset the cost of debt for most borrowers, and Income-Based Repayment (IBR) plans offer borrowers protection from ballooning monthly payments. Key findings include: (1) Even as overall student debt has been rising, the monthly burden on most borrowers has not increased; (2) Those struggling with student debt are overwhelmingly "nontraditional borrowers" who took out loans to attend, but often did not graduate from, two-year and for-profit institutions; and (3) The benefits of many proposals to reduce student debt burdens flow overwhelmingly to college graduates, the group least in need of government assistance.
Descriptors: Debt (Financial), Student Financial Aid, Loan Repayment, Dropout Rate, College Graduates, Paying for College, Federal Programs, Tuition, Finance Reform, Socioeconomic Status, Low Income Students, Nontraditional Students
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: Manhattan Institute for Policy Research