Drowning in (college) debt

Courtesy of MCT Campus

As summer draws near, thousands of high school graduates are made dizzy with the happy prospects of graduation, freedom, and of course, college. But soon many of them will be dizzy with a new kind of feeling: fear. Fear of the ever increasing rates of college loans, and the potentially staggering amount of debt they may face at the end of their learning career.


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Henry Gan is going to attend the University of California at Berkely. To him, the advantages of the school outweighed the price of tuition and board which is over $55,000 a year for out of state students who don’t receive financial aid.

Audrey Wallendal is currently student at Ithaca College, one of the most expensive schools in the country, with a cost of over $50,000 a year.  She is fortunate enough to be able to afford Ithaca, but she’s seen how its prices, and the cost of college in general, has affected other people.

Erica Avery is going to Rowan University this fall. For her, the affordability of Rowan was a big factor in her final college decision. For a New Jersey resident like Erica, tuition and room and board come to a little over $10,000 a year. Through grants and scholarships, Erica will be attending Rowan for free.

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