Oct. 7, 2014

Share of Affluent Students Who Borrow for College Doubles

In 2012, a record 69% of the nation’s new college graduates had taken out student loans. Graduates from more affluent families are much more likely to borrow today than they were 20 years ago.

May. 19, 2014

Public and private college grads rank about equally in life satisfaction

College graduates report about the same amount of personal satisfaction and economic well-being later in life whether they attended a private or public college.

May. 15, 2014

By many measures, more borrowers struggling with student-loan payments

More people are having trouble keeping up with their student-loan payments than in years past, several studies show.

May. 14, 2014

Student Debt Weighing on Economic Fortunes of Young Adults

Households headed by young adults owing student debt lag far behind their peers in terms of wealth accumulation and tend to carry larger amounts of other kinds of debt.

May. 14, 2014

5 key findings about student debt

A record 37% of young households had outstanding student loans in 2010 and a median student debt of $13,000.

Fact Tank Feb. 19, 2014

Fed report says household borrowing is rebounding from Great Recession

Outstanding household debt increased $241 billion during last October-December, the biggest quarterly jump since 2007.

Jul. 26, 2013

Chart of the Week: How Americans pay for college

U.S. families are relying less on their own resources and more on outside sources (scholarships, loans and the like) to pay for college.

Fact Tank Jul. 1, 2013

Households owing student loan debts at record levels

About one out of five of the nation’s households owed student debt in 2010, more than double the share two decades earlier.

Fact Tank May. 13, 2013

In time for graduation season, a look at student debt

College is a pretty pricey proposition, even after grants and scholarships are factored in. And the millions of students graduating this spring will soon learn just how expensive their degrees were when they start getting student-loan bills. As a Pew Research Center analysis noted last year, nearly one in five U.S. households (19%) owed money […]

Pew Research Center May. 13, 2013

In Time for Graduation Season, a Look at Student Debt

By Drew DeSilver College is a pretty pricey proposition, even after grants and scholarships are factored in. And the millions of students graduating this spring will soon learn just how expensive their degrees were when they start getting student-loan bills. As a Pew Research Center analysis noted last year, nearly one in five U.S. households […]