Student Aid Policy

Debt at Graduation

By Mark Kantrowitz (January 7, 2014) Download PDF

Average debt at graduation increases every year, driven by a failure of grants to keep pace with increases in college costs. The percentage of students graduating with student loan debt is also increasing. 

The burden of paying for college has shifted from the federal and state governments to families. Family income is flat, forcing students to either shift their enrollment from higher‐cost colleges to lower‐cost colleges or graduate with more debt. Low and moderate‐income students are being priced out of a college education. 

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Mark Kantrowitz is a nationally-recognized expert on student financial aid, scholarships and student loans. He is Senior Vice President and Publisher of the Edvisors Network. His mission is to deliver practical information, advice and tools to students and their families so they can make informed decisions about planning and paying for college.