We’re all aware that receiving a college education can be quite expensive and students, along with their families, often incur a significant amount of debt in the pursuit of a degree. I have written on multiple occasions – here and here – about the relationship between debt and college. The struggle is often harder, and the debt more onerous, for poor families.
Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows in unprecedented detail how much federal student loan debt college students from low-income families are being saddled with. In Debt By Degrees, ProPublica allows users to engage with an interactive database to search among 6,000 schools in the U.S. to see how much they support their poorest students financially.