Graduating With Debt The Only Option For Many College Students

As the price of tuition steadily increases at many colleges and universities, borrowing money often becomes the only means to pay for education, Iowa college students said in interviews as the current school year ended. Students at Coe College, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, saw a constant rise in tuition over the last four years. They were expected to pay $40,670 in the 2015-16 academic year but that has become $45,230 for the 2019-20 school year. Neither amount includes room and board. Leslie Ortiz, 21, from Houston and a junior this past school year, estimated that she will have loans totaling $38,000 by the time she graduates.

Listen To The Podcast Of IowaWatch’s Most Recent WMT Appearance

One of WMT radio talk show host Bob Bruce’s guests the afternoon of May 17, 2014, was IowaWatch’s executive director-editor, Lyle Muller. They talked about a variety of topics including, at the end of the program, IowaWatch’s stories about college debt in Iowa. You can listen to a podcast of the program here. Advertising in the podcast is WMT’s, not IowaWatch’s. IowaWatch is part of the 501(c)(3) non-profit Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism.

Huge Debts Temper Job Searches For 2014 College Graduates In Iowa

Plenty of seniors on Iowa college campuses interviewed this spring for an IowaWatch report on college debt and attitudes about finding a job have been in an ‘in-the-now moment’. They will graduate soon and many of them don’t have solid plans for paying the bills.

Graduating Debt-Free Gave Students A Jump In Job Market

DES MOINES, Iowa — Some hard work and a little luck has left a handful of graduating seniors at Drake University free of any student-loan debt, and anxiety about wading into the workforce. Erin Hassanzadeh, 21, a graduating broadcast major from Bloomington, Minnesota, who has accepted a Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Korea, said she has saved wages from work she has done since she was 13. Her first job was helping out at her parents’ restaurant back home. She also got help from her parents and a generous scholarship from Drake, she said. “I’m very thankful for that,” she said.