The cost of college is growing faster than inflation, and now many students find it difficult to go to college without some type of loan financing.
To illustrate this, Heather Boushey, economist for the Center for Economic and Policy Research explains, “In 1981, a student could work full time all summer at minimum wage and earn about two-thirds of annual college costs. Today, a student earning minimum wage would have to work full time for a year to afford one year of education at a four-year public university–and that assumes she saves every penny” (USA Today).
According to FinAid.org, “Two-thirds (65.6%) of 4-year undergraduate students graduated with a Bachelor’s degree and some debt in 2007-08.”
While the vast majority of those student loans are federal student loans, a small portion of them are private student loans.
Getting in student loan debt too deeply is a risk for all students, but private loans in particular come with inherent risks.
Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you know what you are getting yourself into.