The Region

Is College Unaffordable? - In Brief

Ronald A. Wirtz | Editor, fedgazette | @RonWirtz

Published December 1, 2005  | December 2005 issue

Getting Schooled

  • Rapidly rising tuition has students, parents and policymakers concerned about the affordability of a college education. They point to lagging state appropriations and a steady increase in student loans and overall debt as signs that college affordability—and access—is being compromised, particularly for students of modest means.

  • Trends suggest otherwise. Enrollment is increasing for students of all incomes, mostly because financial aid has kept pace.

  • And while many bemoan the debt accrued by students, research shows that borrowing can actually have a positive effect on persistence and graduation rates. Moreover, debt repayment after graduation remains affordable for the large majority of students.

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