Asset Building Financial Inclusion Practice & Research Tools

Reimagining How Students and Families Pay for College: From Debt Dependency to Asset Empowerment

Understanding how student loans do not prepare students for success during or after college is the first step in reimaging how to finance college expenses for students and families. This fact sheet highlights key points in helping to understand the reality of the burden of student loan debt, and the potential of asset-based policies such as CDAs to building resources for college before enrollyment.

Project: College Success


Elliott, W., III. (2013, October). Reimagining how students and families pay for college: From debt dependency to asset empowerment (CSD Fact Sheet No. 13-29). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.