Chart of the Day: Student Loan Growth

Jun 27, 2015
Paying for College, Student Loans, Current Events, Chart of the Week

From the Economist:


Questions for students:

  • What is average student debt (see left hand axis) and %age of students who graduate with loan debt (right hand axis) in 2015?
  • How would you describe the recent trends for both of these metrics?
  • Taking the average student debt at graduation of $35,000, what would be the monthly loan payment, assuming a 10 year term?  Here is a handy student loan repayment calculator.

Check out this NGPF activity to answer the question “How Much Should I Borrow for College?”

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Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

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