The College Affordability Crisis: Real Solutions or Lip Service

ACADEME BLOG

An “On the Issues” Post from the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education [http://futureofhighered.org]

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The staggering level of college loan debt in our country finally seems to be getting some long-overdue national attention.

Among the proposals for how to deal with this issue is one called “Pay It Forward,” a program that would substitute after-graduation payments based on earnings for up-front tuition.

The proposal has been attractive to students facing huge loan payments and to conservatives looking to decrease even further the public investment in higher education.

A while back CFHE raised questions about whether this proposal offered a real solution. Others are now taking a look and also finding that it just isn’t what we need.

For instance, a recent study from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, puts forward a sweeping critique of the Pay It Forward concept.

Not only would most students…

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