Will this generation sink under college debt?

Kids Count

As these new graduates make their way into the work world, some will be carrying debt loads that are crippling given the lower salaries that they will command. There will be groceries to purchase, car payments, and rent fees and of course, a substantial student loan payment.A payment that could run between $300 and $700 a month minimally.

Given that the American economy is largely dependent on consumerism, what can we expect from this generation that is so hampered by debt already? If this generation is hobbled by debt will they contribute to a new or deeper recession? Will they put off buying a home, buying a car, starting a family because of onerous college debt?

There seems to be two camps on this issue of student loan indebtedness. One camp that proposes that there should be no accommodation in the student loan repayment issue and another that proposes a student loan bailout. In my estimation these positions represent the extremes on both sides of the issue.

Clearly, some accommodation will be needed in order to avoid mass student loan default.

Will these students be put in debtors prison, will they be considered criminals if they fail to pat their loans?

Unless some unforeseen events occur that change the current economic picture significantly record numbers will default on their student loans.

It may be possible to reconfigure loans to create a longer trajectory in satisfying the loan. Connecting loan forgiveness to address societal issues might be considered and delaying repayment may also improve the overall picture. I don’t believe that government can simply ignore or fail to act on this gathering storm.

I know that students and families want to pay back student loans; in fact, the system depends on loans being repaid so that the money can be lent out again. Everyone recognizes this; however, extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.

The bail out of Wall Street may for some, may have made the argument for student loan bail outs more plausible.

Remember, all kids count.

Reach the writer at hurlburt@wildblue.net

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