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5 things to consider before taking out a student loan

5 things to consider before taking out a student loan

16.9 million. That’s how many students are going to college at the undergraduate level this fall. Of that number, roughly half – 46% – will take out federal student loans. It’s a decision that could bring certain rewards – not the least of which is a well-paying job – but it can also come with serious economic […] … learn more→

Is tuition killing College students?

Is tuition killing College students?

I’m sometimes asked if our increasing suicide rate is due to the student loan scam. As eager as I am to blame things on it, I’m a little reluctant to do so. After all, around 28% of students with such debt don’t even know it—they’ve been completely scammed by college administrators who haven’t bothered to […] … learn more→

Forgiving student loans is useless without punishing the thieving schools

Forgiving student loans is useless without punishing the thieving schools

Another election is on the horizon, and already politicians are getting votes in the usual way: promising “free stuff.” Normally, I’m against the notion of getting something for “free” from the government, but I have an exception for student loan forgiveness, for many of the victims of our higher education system. Lest the gentle reader […] … learn more→

Student loans warping society

Student loans warping society

I’m often asked about the long term effects on our culture from the huge student loan scam. I don’t have a crystal ball, so I have only conjecture, but a recent article from Buzzfeed (bear with me, I’ll be making corrections) tries to address this problem: Jen’s story is like a lot of people’s stories. […] … learn more→

Losing your job to student debt

Losing your job to student debt

Government stupidity clearly knows no bounds. We have tens of millions of people now with student loan debt, a debt which is often too large to pay back thanks to government interference, and cannot be cleared via bankruptcy. But the government wants “its” money, and gets to create the laws. We’re already seeing students loans […] … learn more→

A look at the most predatory student loan lender

A look at the most predatory student loan lender

Most people are entirely unaware of how serious the student loan problem is, so allow me to put it in context. Smoking tobacco is universally agreed to be a very bad thing to do. We have almost 38 million smokers in this country, and over 80% of smokers regret taking up the habit. We have […] … learn more→

Columbia MFA students demand tuition refund

Columbia MFA students demand tuition refund

I know this is something of old news…but today’s topic just strikes me as a more important phenomenon for higher ed than anything in the “top 10” of last post. We now have nearly an entire class of students at a good school asking for refunds. When it comes to student loans, the most painful […] … learn more→