Student Debt

Rhetoric and Realities of Higher Education Financing

  • Sandy Baum

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Sandy Baum
    Pages 43-64
  3. Sandy Baum
    Pages 83-106
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 107-120

About this book


This book analyzes reliable evidence to tell the true story of student debt in America. One of the nation’s foremost experts on college finance, Sandy Baum exposes how misleading the widely accepted narrative on student debt is. Baum combines data, research, and analysis to show how the current discourse obscures serious problems, risks misdirecting taxpayer dollars, and could deprive too many Americans of the educational opportunities they deserve. This book and its policy recommendations provide the basis for a new and more constructive national agenda to make paying for college more manageable.

Sandy Baum is Senior Fellow in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Previously, she has been a Research Professor of Education Policy at the George Washington University, USA, and Professor of Economics at Skidmore College, USA. She has written and spoken extensively on college access, college pricing, student aid, student debt, and college affordability.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Sandy Baum
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EducationGeorge Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, New York
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-94943-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-52738-7
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