The Student Debt Crisis

America’s Moral Urgency

The Student Debt Crisis

America’s Moral Urgency

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Available June 3, 2025

The student debt crisis is a civil rights issue, and it's time we start treating it like one.

Based on extensive interviews with students, college administrators, policymakers, and other leaders, The Student Debt Crisis illuminates one of the nation's most urgent and pressing civil rights questions of the last three decades: Who gets to go to college? This book comprehensively examines the history and current state of the student debt crisis in the US. With a focus on the moral imperative of ensuring equal access to higher education, The Student Debt Crisis highlights the disproportionate impact of student debt on Black and brown students, particularly Black women. By delving into the history and practical realities of student debt, higher education journalist Jamal Watson sheds light on the challenges faced by debt-laden college graduates and non-graduates alike.

From the rising number of borrowers defaulting on their loans to the barriers that hinder accessibility for those from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, Watson offers a deeper understanding of the student debt crisis on macro and micro levels. As the spotlight on student debt continues to grow, The Student Debt Crisis is a vital resource for anyone seeking a comprehensive understanding of this issue. From policymakers shaping paths of action to families and students navigating educational choices, this book offers essential insights and potential solutions to these pressing challenges.

Product Info

  • Publisher Broadleaf Books
  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781506495163
  • eBook ISBN 9781506495170
  • Dimensions 6.25 x 9.25
  • Pages 288
  • Publication Date June 3, 2025
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