Ed Weisman: College debt

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Having just enrolled my daughter in her first year in college, I read Lydia Mann’s column, Inside the college admissions journey, with great interest. There is a big problem here. She omits any mention of the crippling cost of higher education.

Suggesting that perfect children deserve the perfect college experience only fuels the intense pressure already heaped on our high schoolers to finance exactly that. We have passed a tipping point. The best admissions officers and financial aid counselors encourage applicants to imagine the reality of debt after graduation, to really walk themselves through it.

What does six-figure debt mean to a 22-year-old? How will it affect their independence? I hope that Mann returns to the pages of Gazette to address exactly that.

Ed Weisman