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For Americans of all socio-economic backgrounds, borrowing has become a primary way to pay for the skyrocketing cost of higher education. In the early 1990s, less than half of graduates left college with loans to repay; now, by the time they graduate, nearly two-thirds of students at four-year colleges and universities have student loan debt. And the amount of outstanding loans has increased sharply, even after accounting for inflation.
The Project on Student Debt at The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) seeks to increase public understanding of these trends and the implications for families, society and the national economy.
Working with experts, the project conducts nonpartisan research and advocates for practical policy options. For example, simplifying the application for student grants so more students can take advantage of them instead of loans.
The project also works with students and parents, business leaders, youth engagement organizations, educators and others to bring attention to the growing burden of student debt.
Pew is no longer active in this line of work, but for more information, visit the Project on Student Debt Web site.
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