Student Debt and the Class of 2019

October 6, 2020

More than six in ten (62%) college seniors who graduated from public and private nonprofit colleges in 2019 had student loan debt and they owed an average of $28,950. This is a lower share of students than the Class of 2018 (65%), and a very slight decline (less than 1%) in total debt from the 2018 average of $29,200.


From Eight Plans to Two: How the College Affordability Act Improves Student Loan Repayment

December 3, 2019

Like other proposals before it, the College Affordability Act (CAA) — House Democrats’ comprehensive proposal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act — makes major progress in improving the federal student loan repayment system. In this blog post, we outline the major components of the new repayment system under the CAA, which is a strong starting point for much-needed...


Student Debt and the Class of 2018

September 19, 2019

New data show that the average student debt for college graduates continues to climb but at a slower pace. Nationally, about two in three (65 percent) college seniors who graduated from public and private nonprofit colleges in 2018 had student loan debt. These borrowers owed an average of $29,200, 2 percent higher than the 2017 average.