Student loan balances climbed to $1.2 trillion at the end of 2014, and delinquencies are rising even as they fall for most other types of debt. In fact, students with the smallest balances are most likely to default. Judy Woodruff learns more from Megan McClean of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and William Elliott of the University of Kansas. Continue reading
As expected, President Obama outlined his proposal to offer two years of free community college tuition for students, first detailed two weeks ago in Tennessee. Or as he put it in the speech, “to lower the cost of community college — to zero.” Continue reading
Millions of Americans live with student debt for years, even decades after they graduate from college. Now, two of the nation’s largest private student lenders have introduced options to allow borrowers to modify the terms on their loans. NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Marian Wang, a reporter with ProPublica and AnnaMaria Andriotis of the Wall Street Journal. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Rosemary Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social Security benefits will be docked to make the payments. Continue reading
Even with a degree, many college graduates struggle to find work in the current economic climate. As tuition continues to rise, student debt appears to be a growing problem. All this raises the question- is a college degree worth the cost? Continue reading
Through the recession, college tuition skyrocketed at public universities to make up for flagging state funding. Some students who borrowed to keep up with rising costs face crushing debt repayments. Hari Sreenivasan travelled to Wisconsin to report on one group hoping to turn the state’s student borrowers into a powerful voting bloc. Continue reading
College for America, an online degree program, has no classes, professors or credit hours. It’s been cited as an innovative way to make college more affordable. But how do its students qualify for a degree? Hari Sreenivasan reports from New Hampshire on a university that gives credit based on competency at the student’s own pace.
Gallup poll finds that student loan debt undermines the happiness of graduates for years following their graduation. Doug Belkin of the Wall Street Journal joins Hari Sreenivasan from Chicago. Continue reading