The cost of college has risen 1,120 percent over the past three decades. Today, students are united in the near-universal nature of paying for school through student loans. However, this reliance on student loans does not create a more equal cohort of graduates. In fact, student loans and the rising cost of college are actually sustaining and prolonging inequity.
In the report, Hueslman looks specifically at how the new norm of going into debt for a degree affects less-advantaged communities. It turns out the current student loan-based system stratifies inequality in America. Hueslman discusses the ways in which people of color have been shut out of ladders of upward economic mobility, and are affected by debt more than their white counterparts.