Rising Student-Loan Debt Spurs Calls for Frank Discussion, Not Panic Over Extreme Cases

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Mark Abramson for The Chronicle

In a protest last November in New York, students carried signs showing their education-loan debt. A new report from the Project on Student Debt, part of the Institute for College Access and Success, finds that approximately two-thirds of seniors who graduated in 2011 borrowed to pay for college and that their average debt was $26,600 at graduation.

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Mark Abramson for The Chronicle

In a protest last November in New York, students carried signs showing their education-loan debt. A new report from the Project on Student Debt, part of the Institute for College Access and Success, finds that approximately two-thirds of seniors who graduated in 2011 borrowed to pay for college and that their average debt was $26,600 at graduation.

Within minutes of asking the first question of the presidential debate this week, the Adelphi University student Jeremy Epstein was trending on Twitter. His concern about being able to support himself after graduation—which prompted the candidates to discuss college affordability, student-loan debt, and unemployment—clearly resonated with many young Americans and their families.

There's little doubt that recent graduates' hard road has become a major national issue, one