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Education Debt and Racial Disparity in College Success

As the need for a college education rises in the job market, the cost of attending a public 4-year university has also dramatically increased. The burden of educational debt is especially high for low-income and minority families. Understanding the current policy issues surrounding student loans and the consequences of education debt is critical to developing appropriate steps in removing this barrier to success.

Project: College Success 


Zhan, M. (2013, May). Education debt and racial disparity in college success (CSD Fact Sheet No. 13-10). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.