Education Funding

5:29am

Fri April 11, 2014
Paying For College

Paying Off Student Loans Puts A Dent In Wallets, And The Economy

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 7:38 am

Student loan debt forces many young adults to make hard choices about how they spend their money — and can prevent them from making investments that will pay off down the road.
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Weighing in at more than $1 trillion, student loan debt is now larger than total credit card debt. Morning Edition recently asked young adults about their biggest concerns, and more than two-thirds of respondents mentioned college debt. Many say they have put off marriage or buying a home because of the financial burden they took on as students.

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5:33am

Tue March 25, 2014
Education

Maze Of College Costs And Aid Programs Traps Some Families

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 10:11 am

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In the past 20 years, the average burden for a four-year college graduate in the U.S. has gone from about $9,000 to nearly $30,000 today. The percentage of students carrying debt has shot up from less than half to nearly 70 percent these days.

At a large public high school in Freemont, Calif., southeast of San Francisco, Alyssa Tucker and Thao Le sit on a metal table. Both come from families with modest incomes.

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10:19am

Sat March 22, 2014
Marijuana

Legal Pot Acceptance Growing In Colorado

Tax revenue from Colorado marijuana is already in the millions.
Credit Brett Levin / Flickr - Creative Commons

Colorado’s experiment with retail marijuana sales is less than three months old, but public opinion has swayed further in favor of legal pot since Amendment 64 passed. Those views are largely split along party lines.

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4:49am

Tue March 18, 2014
Paying For College

How The Cost Of College Went From Affordable To Sky-High

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 11:59 am

World War II veterans and other students at the University of Iowa in 1947. That year, due to federal assistance from the GI Bill, 60 percent of the school's enrollment was made up of veterans.
Margaret Bourke-White Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

If you want to get an earful about paying for college, listen to parents from states where tuition and fees have skyrocketed in the last five years. In Arizona, for example, parents have seen a 77 percent increase in costs. In Georgia, it's 75 percent, and in Washington state, 70 percent.

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11:44am

Thu February 20, 2014
Education

Superintendents Want Greater Role In Colorado Education Policy

The gold dome of the Colorado capitol building in Denver, Colo.
Ken Lund Flickr - Creative Commons

Nearly every school superintendent across Colorado put their name to a letter asking state lawmakers to focus exclusively on restoring budget cuts to school districts and drop bills they’re calling unnecessary.

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