Student debt has increased in nearly every demographic and economic category since 2007, as has the size of that debt. The burden of student debt is greatest for the young and the poor.
The issue of costs and rising student debt have have touched off a national debate about the cost and value of a college education. Surveys by the Pew Research Center present this portrait of the views of the general public and college graduates on these issues.
At a time when women surpass men by record numbers in college enrollment and completion, they also have a more positive view than men about the value higher education provides.
College costs are rising, student debt is mounting, and the public is skeptical about the value of a college degree, according to two new Pew Research Center surveys. Meantime, only 19% of college presidents say the U.S. system is the best in the world. But more than eight-in-ten college graduates say college was a good investment for them personally.
Graduates who received a bachelor's degree in 2008 borrowed 50% more (in inflation-adjusted dollars) than their counterparts who graduated in 1996.