Who Can Afford College (and Who Should)?

Two-thirds of recent bachelor’s degree recipients have outstanding student loans, with an average debt of about $27,000. With costs still on the rise, Americans are increasingly questioning the value of a college degree. At the same time, the earnings premium that results from a college degree is at an all-time high. What are the implications of rising costs for US higher education? How does this trend intersect with increasing labor market demand for higher education? What are the implications for social mobility at a time of rising income inequality?

Festival: Aspen Ideas 2014

Audio/Video: Education

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