Total outstanding college debt is estimated at $1 trillion dollars — and with costs still soaring, the burden on students and their families shows no signs of abating. We're examining how the complicated system of college debt is putting the squeeze on families.
Instead of basketball skill, our bracket is based on five factors that measure each school’s ability to graduate low-income students with little debt.
Use our interactive database to search federal data on almost 7,000 schools in the U.S. to see how well they support their poorest students financially. Now updated with data from the 2014-2015 academic year.
The move comes after a ProPublica investigation that documented how the government was making it hard for disabled borrowers to get their loans forgiven.
Use our interactive database to search new federal data on almost 7,000 schools in the U.S. to see how well they support their poorest students financially.
Here are five stories you can do using ProPublica’s interactive database, Debt by Degrees. Each one comes complete with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.
For the first time ever, the public can see the graduation rates for Pell Grant recipients at over 1,000 schools.
Many Catholic colleges leave low-income students with big debts. And wealthy Catholic schools that provide generous support don’t enroll many poor students.
A ProPublica analysis of newly available federal data shows that some of the nation’s wealthiest colleges are leaving their poorest students with plenty of debt.
The professor-turned-lawmaker talks about why people should care and what Congress should be doing to help ease the burden on borrowers.
New Department of Education data shows rising default rates on federal loans to parents.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced increased oversight of the companies that act as go-between for student borrowers and lenders.
Chasing prestige and battered by state funding cuts, many public colleges and universities with a historic responsibility to provide access to an affordable education have turned to "financial aid leveraging," offering wealthy or high-scoring students discounts on tuition.
Student debt is putting a strain on students — and their parents. Meanwhile, federal programs to make student loans more affordable won't bring relief to all.
A California gardener lost his son but was saddled with a crushing debt — and it was difficult even to learn who owned that debt. Four years later, he's finally reached a legal resolution.
After our investigation and public pressure, the department has conducted a sweeping overhaul of its troubled disability review program.
The companies handling private student loans — much like those handling mortgages — sometimes add to the frustration and even the debt load of struggling borrowers.
The Department of Education has a model financial aid award letter. It's very different from what schools are actually sending.
As college costs continue to climb, families are turning to federal Parent Plus loans to fill the gap. But with no checks on their ability to repay, many parents are left overburdened, and others set up for failure.