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The Exchange

The Student Debt Debacle

photo by Tulane Public Relations via Flickr

By some estimates, U.S. college debt has hit a staggering one trillion dollars.  And New Hampshire students are first in the nation when it comes to the average debt burden. Some blame colleges and universities for hiking tuition. Others blame states for steep funding cuts.  Meanwhile, many say our entire higher education system needs a serious financial overhaul.



Sandy Baum, economist and senior fellow at the  George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development. She has written extensively on issues relating to student debt, college access, and other aspects of higher education finance.

Andrew Gillen, senior researcher for the American Council of Trustees & Alumni, a non-profit organization that works on issues of affordability and academic standards in America’s colleges and universities.

Tara Payne, Vice President of College Planning and Community Engagement for the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation.

We'll also hear from:

Matt Norton, who graduated this year from Keene State College with a degree in safety and occupational health applied sciences