Sandy Baum

George Washington University

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Research professor for the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University and senior fellow at the Urban Institute

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For baby boomers, the big issue was war and peace. For millennials it's student debt. That's according to a  poll by Harvard University .

Student Debt Is Out of Control: Is it Ever OK to Default?

For baby boomers, the big issue was war and peace. For millennials it's student debt. That's according to a poll by Harvard University .

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If you are a student or a parent of a student headed for college, the numbers are daunting: $240,000 for a private four year college.

The Soaring Costs of College Tuition

If you are a student or a parent of a student headed for college, the numbers are daunting: $240,000 for a private four year college.

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