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Boyle 1 Sarah Boyle Seeley COMP 101 September 17 th , 2015 The Truth about Student Debt Most students who graduate from public and state colleges end up with some amount of student loan debt on their plate. Of those who do face debt, $20,000 is the average amount due (Wilson 257). Robin Wilson wrote an article titled, A Lifetime of Student Debt? Not Likely published in, They Say, I Say which introduces college student loan debt as a billion dollar crisis amongst all undergraduates and graduates. The purpose of Wilsons essay is to show that student loan debt is not threating the financial future of the majority of college students. Wilson provides evidence using numerical data, statistics, and real life experiences to support the claim that debt is not a national crisis but more often due to students being uneducated on loan expenditure, thus successfully persuading the reader that college loan debt does not severely impact all people. Wilson starts her article by giving far-reaching examples of student loan debt and how devastating the situation can become. She begins with debt being as high as $100,000 and lists big names in the media, such as Forbes magazine releasing an article against college debt (Wilson 256). Wilson is giving the reader the extreme end of the spectrum so she can validate her point; college debt is not as unforgiving as most may perceive it to be. Wilson cites, Michael S. McPherson, an economist and president of the Spencer foundation which supports educational research, who states, “There are some really poignant, painful stories, but they aren’t the typical American experience” (Wilson 257). Furthermore, Wilson goes on to say that of the 65 percent of students who have college debt, the average amount owed is 20,000 (Wilson 257). Wilson uses McPherson’s knowledge to prove that the most extreme cases of loan debt are not the norm
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Boyle 2 among students. Even students who come from low income backgrounds receive large amounts of financial aid. Mark Kantrowitz, the publisher of FinAid , a website about financial aid, states that students don’t recognize their debt; they are only concerned on going to the college of their dreams (Wilson 258). These are the people who end up with unrealistic amounts of debt.
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