What Went Wrong with Federal Student Loans?

Many students struggle with their student loans despite the high returns of college and graduate school. Federal policies meant to increase access to aid and educational opportunities led to a rise in enrollment at poor-performing institutions that left students unable to complete their degrees, repay their loans, or find success in the job market. This crisis highlights the challenges of using broadly available loans to fund education when outcomes vary greatly across institutions and programs. The role of educational institutions in student outcomes is crucial, and the financial stability of federal aid programs is at risk due to the growing student debt crisis.


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