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When it Comes to Student Debt, It’s Really a Matter of Wealth

Mark Huelsman
The Washington Post

The ability of college graduates to pay student loans isn’t simply a matter of earnings. It also reflects wealth — and differences that persist in wealth among racial and ethnic groups.

Ask a group of higher-education policy wonks about the best way to address our nation’s growing student loan problem, and you’re likely to find one solution overlaps party or ideology: Enroll more borrowers in income-driven loan repayment. [...]

Obviously, income-driven loan repayment considers only a borrower’s income when calculating a reasonable payment. It reflects what you make, not what you own. In a country in which white families have $10 in wealth for every $1 held by black or Latino households, this can matter a great deal.

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