College Debt

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As students head back to college this month, a large portion will be taking on loans to help cover costs.

At least 1.5 million Georgians — approximately 14% of the state's population — have some amount of student loan debt, totaling to $58.7 billion.

A key consideration for prospective students is the difference between the advertised price of tuition and the actual net price of attending a higher education institution.

Atlanta magazine calculates students who graduate from some of Georgia’s largest schools end up with an average of $27,000 in debt. Before it’s time to go back to school, examine the real price of higher education. On Second Thought is joined by freelance journalist Sean Keenan.


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The average cost of college tuition has jumped by 77 percent over the last 10 years. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is collaborating with The Hechinger Report in New York to determine the consequences of rising student debt. The first in a series of investigative articles rolled out on Sunday. We talk to Meredith Kolodner, Staff Writer for The Hechinger Report.