The Real College Debt Crisis: How Student Borrowing Threatens Financial Well-Being and Erodes the American Dream

William Elliott III, Melinda Lewis
In a discussion of their new book, University of Kansas professors William Elliott III and Melinda Lewis examine the dilemma facing today’s college graduates: They’re leaving school in deep, crippling debt.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
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6:30 pm
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College graduates last May held an unenviable distinction: They left school deeper in debt than any class before them. Those who’d taken out student loans owed, on average, a little over $35,000, more than doubling the amount of two decades earlier.

In a discussion of their new book, William Elliott III and Melinda Lewis examine the dilemma of young people beginning their careers with a negative net worth. The two University of Kansas professors call, in part, for states and the federal government to establish savings accounts for students during their childhood rather than awarding thousands of dollars at the end of high school – a move they say would promote dramatically different behavior and saving strategies for families.