Higher Education

Is rising student debt jeopardizing the value of college?


Student debt set another record this year, as millions of college graduates struggle to pay off education loans and as colleges continue to raise tuition. The trend has prompted new proposals, including some from Democratic presidential candidates, to ease debt burdens for millions of student borrowers. Admissions fraud is drawing new scrutiny after dozens of people were charged in March with participating in a scheme aimed at helping children from wealthy families win acceptance to top colleges. The Trump administration is rolling back Obama-era rules scrutinizing for-profit colleges, even as critics say that some for-profit institutions have defrauded students by misrepresenting their records placing graduates in jobs. The issue of affirmative action in college admissions is expected to eventually reach the Supreme Court after Asian-American applicants accused Harvard of discrimination.

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