Tuesday, December 7, 2010

PEW Report on Student Borrowing

Source: PEW Research Center

The Rise of College Student Borrowing

By Rebecca Hinze-Pifer and Richard Fry

Undergraduate college student borrowing has risen dramatically in recent years. Graduates who received a bachelor’s degree in 20081 borrowed 50% more (in inflation-adjusted dollars) than their counterparts who graduated in 1996, while graduates who earned an associate’s degree or undergraduate certificate in 2008 borrowed more than twice what their counterparts in 1996 had borrowed, according to a new analysis of National Center for Education Statistics data by the Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends project.

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