Young Adults See Student Debt as Growing Unmanageable, Poll Finds - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Young adults agree that college is becoming increasingly unaffordable in today’s economy even as it is becoming more important, according to a recent poll released on Wednesday by Demos and Young Invincibles, two research and advocacy groups.
The survey, conducted a little over a month ago, was administered by telephone to 872 people ages 18 to 34.
“This is the most comprehensive poll of young people that has been done,” said Celinda Lake, president of Lake Research Partners, during a news conference on Wednesday. Her company designed and administered the survey in collaboration with Bellwether Research and Consulting.
Roughly three out of four respondents said that college had become harder to afford in the past five years, and that graduates bore unmanageable amounts of student-loan debt. About 80 percent said they believe higher education is more important today than it was for their parents’ generation, and nearly nine out of 10 supported increasing student aid and making college loans more affordable.