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Colleges with Largest Endowments Leave Low-Income Students with Most Debt

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In addition, federal student loans — which usually cap at $27,000 over four years — don’t always cover the full cost of a higher education, and many students are forced to secure private loans or work jobs to pay for their degree.

“Student debt is not the same to every borrower,” Mark Huelsman, a senior analyst at public policy nonprofit Demos, said in a statement. “It can look a lot different to a first-generation student from a very modest economic background than to someone going to graduate school getting a law degree.”

In fact, undergraduate students tend to take a fraction of the loans of graduate students but default at much higher rates.