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“A Lifetime of Student Debt? Not Likely” Many people would agree that our country’s young adults have and continue to incur a lifetime of debt by enrolling in college. It’s become an almost acceptable understanding that if you plan to attend college, you might as well expect to graduate with an enormous amount of debt. Robin Wilson, a reporter for the “Chronicle of Higher Education,” and author of “A Lifetime of Student Debt? Not Likely” suggests student loans are very real and can be life altering. Wilson states that for the 65 percent of students that graduate with debt, the average amount owed is a staggering $20,000.00. On the contrary, as many as a third of all college students will graduate with no debt at all. Some may think that $20k is an outrageous amount of debt. But if you consider what the average adult spends on their first new car, it puts things into perspective. A new 2016 Nissan Rogue SUV for $20k could be paid off in an average of 4-5 years. This is where one would argue about what …show more content…

Carneval, director of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce agrees that going into debt until you’ll be earning more money is the way to pay for your education. “The only thing worse than borrowing is not borrowing and not going to college at all,” stated Patrick M. Callahan, president of the National Center for the Public Policy and Higher Education. Lauren J. Asher, President of the Project on Student Debt group, states that the financial risk has increased. Ms. Asher points out that more students graduate with at least $40k in student-loan debt, “People lose control of their finances, and sometimes they make choices you wish they hadn’t made.” Darla M. Horn, an organizer of the student-loan-debt art show in Long Island City, NY realized she hadn’t been aware of how much money she had borrowed while in college. Referring to herself as financially illiterate, she found herself “just signing the documents and faxing them

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