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Rethinking Student Loans

Student loan reform proposals typically focus on repayment solutions, including loan forgiveness, variable rate repayment, or industry participation. These narrow solutions fail to see the system as a whole, and fail to account for what the users (students) of the system would change. We decided to ask students how they would reimagine the student loan system from the ground up. Nineteen students spent a semester researching the student loan system: mapping their own experiences; interviewing current, past, and future students; talking to parents and counselors; and auditing existing resources and data that might be helpful to students as they consider how to finance higher education.

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