For many of the 43 million Americans weighed down by student loan debt, making their monthly payments is a major drag on their lives. About a third of undergraduates going for a bachelor’s degree are either dropping out or taking more than six years to graduate, which means that lots of people carrying student debt don’t even have a degree. Others are finding that what they learned in college doesn’t even help them get a job.
Federal student loan debt hit $1.6 trillion last year. This is a major problem for people in their 20s and 30s. But the federal government simply wiping their debt clean is just about the stupidest way to address it.
Written by Emma Camp; edited by Danielle Thompson; sound by Ian Keyser
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