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How The Right College Loans To The Wrong Students Can Push Tuition Up

According to an old theory of educational economics, college financial aid becomes a vicious cycle: When more financial aid is made available to students, universities will hike tuition to make sure they pocket more of that money. Research released this month has breathed new life into that disputed theory — at least in part. Financial aid for […]

How Student Loan Defaults End Up Hurting Taxpayers

Students on Indiana University's Bloomington campus.

It takes years for the federal government to recoup its losses from a student loan default — and “time is money,” one expert writes. It’s a fact that’s prompting some college officials to rethink financial aid.

The Four Major Education Themes in Obama’s 2012 State of the Union

This is a guest post from Molly Bloom, a reporter for our sister site, StateImpact Ohio. The post originally appeared here. Education came second only to Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! in President Barack Obama’s 2012 State of the Union remarks Tuesday night. Making college less expensive for students continues to be a key talking point for the Obama administration. In the State of the […]

Do Occupy Protestors' Student Debt Demands Go Too Far?

For all the disparities in the movement’s demands, on at least one issue, Occupy protestors seem to be of one voice: Student debt levels are way too high — a belief Indiana’s high rate of student loan defaults and estimates of $1 trillion in nationwide student loan debt do little to contradict. But on the New York Times‘ […]

Indiana Student Loan Default Rate Tops All But Two Other States

It’s no secret: College is expensive. Indiana students take on a lot of debt to pay for it. As it turns out, though, it may be more debt than they can handle. Indiana’s 11.61 percent default rate on federal student loans is higher than the rates in all but two states — Arizona and Arkansas. That […]

Indiana Student Debt Burden Grew Sharply In Recent Years

For Indiana students, getting a college degree requires taking on the kind of debt that could pay for a new car. In 2006, that car could’ve been a Toyota. By 2009, that car could’ve been a BMW. Undergrads at Indiana colleges or universities took on an average of $30,000 in debt for each degree they earned […]

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