GSE Publications

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Other

Date of this Version

5-2005

Publication Source

The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education

Abstract

Most students benefit from loans and are able to repay them when they leave higher education. However, borrowing, combined with other risk factors for not completing higher education (such as working too many hours, lack of adequate preparation, and part-time attendance), puts many students, especially low-income and first-generation students, at a particular disadvantage. The authors raise important policy questions about whether the system of financing higher education is appropriate. We believe that these questions and the recommendations from the authors deserve serious attention. There are, of course, many legitimate points of view about how to best support students financially. However, requiring students to assume significant financial risks so early in their educational careers poses a barrier to educational opportunity for many low-income and first-generation students.

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©2005 by The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.

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Date Posted: 25 May 2016

This document has been peer reviewed.