student debt http://nhpr.org en At $32,698, N.H. Second-Worst In Nation For Average Student Debt http://nhpr.org/post/32698-nh-second-worst-nation-average-student-debt <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A <a href="http://projectonstudentdebt.org/files/pub/classof2012.pdf" target="_blank">report released this week</a> by the Project on Student Debt shows average student debt among New Hampshire’s college graduates increased slightly last year.</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 21:59:24 +0000 Michael Brindley 39648 at http://nhpr.org At $32,698, N.H. Second-Worst In Nation For Average Student Debt Report: Soaring Student Debt In NH A Result Of Several Factors http://nhpr.org/post/report-soaring-student-debt-nh-result-several-factors <p></p><p>A <a href="http://www.nhstudentdebtstudy.com/pdfs/Student_debt_high_in_NH.pdf" target="_blank">new report</a> attempts to get to the bottom of why student debt is so high among New Hampshire colleges and universities.</p><p>The report&rsquo;s conclusion?</p><p>There is no one single answer.</p><p>The report, commissioned by Granite State Management and Resources, cites several key reasons, including the lack of low-cost public colleges.</p><p>Research Brian Gottlob says New Hampshire also has a higher average income, which leads to families receiving less need-based aid.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 18:11:42 +0000 Michael Brindley 36333 at http://nhpr.org Report: Soaring Student Debt In NH A Result Of Several Factors Stafford Student Loan Interest Rates Double, After Congress Fails To Act http://nhpr.org/post/stafford-student-loan-interest-rates-double-after-congress-fails-act <p></p><p>Interest rates on newly issued subsidized Stafford loans doubled on Monday.</p><p>The New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation has been working with families to help them understand what that means when planning for college.</p><p></p><p>As of July 1, the interest rate jumps from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.</p><p>Tara Payne is vice president of the Center for College Planning.</p><p>She says her concern is that students who qualify for subsidized federal loans are the ones with the greatest need.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 18:53:42 +0000 Michael Brindley 30475 at http://nhpr.org Stafford Student Loan Interest Rates Double, After Congress Fails To Act The Sad Truth About Student Loans: They're Not Really Loans http://nhpr.org/post/sad-truth-about-student-loans-theyre-not-really-loans <p>The quagmire that is student loan debt has finally surpassed credit card debt in America. We’ve heard a lot about what this level of debt means to college graduates, drop-outs and families but now we’re going to dig a little deeper into the “loan” part. What a student signs up for looks, feels and sounds like a loan…but doesn’t fine-print like a loan. Decisions made by congress in recent decades have rendered traditional loan safeguards such as bankruptcy filing, inaccessible to borrowers. <strong>David Dayen</strong> is a freelance writer and contributor to salon, where we found his article, “<a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/06/05/let_college_students_go_bankrupt/" target="_blank">Your Student Loan Isn’t Really a Loan</a>.”</p><p></p><p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:44:03 +0000 Virginia Prescott 29177 at http://nhpr.org The Sad Truth About Student Loans: They're Not Really Loans N.H. Students Graduate With Highest Debt Loads In Nation http://nhpr.org/post/nh-students-graduate-highest-debt-loads-nation <p></p><p>New data released today shows New Hampshire students graduating with the highest debt loads in the nation.&nbsp;</p><p>According to a report from the <a href="http://projectonstudentdebt.org/state_by_state-data.php" target="_blank">Institute for College Access and Success</a>, the Class of 2011 averaged $32,440 in debt.</p><p>It’s the second year in a row New Hampshire has had the highest average load.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 17:13:34 +0000 Todd Bookman 15057 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Students Graduate With Highest Debt Loads In Nation WOM's 2012 Commencement Speech http://nhpr.org/post/woms-2012-commencement-speech <p>Charles Wheelan’s unconventional advice for graduates got us talking about the twists and turns of our own post-graduate lives. The path life takes, as we know, zigs as often as it zags…so Virginia Prescott asked a few colleagues to record what they wish they’d been told on that expectant day.</p> Wed, 16 May 2012 18:00:57 +0000 Todd Bookman, Rebecca Lavoie & Taylor Quimby 4922 at http://nhpr.org WOM's 2012 Commencement Speech The Student Debt Debacle http://nhpr.org/post/student-debt-debacle <p>By some&nbsp;estimates, U.S. college debt has hit a staggering one trillion dollars. &nbsp;And New Hampshire students are first in the nation when it comes to the average debt burden. Some blame colleges and universities for hiking&nbsp;tuition. Others blame states for steep funding cuts. &nbsp;Meanwhile, many say our entire higher education system needs a serious financial overhaul.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Mon, 07 May 2012 13:54:24 +0000 Laura Knoy 4306 at http://nhpr.org The Student Debt Debacle