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Why fears about a looming student loan crisis are unfounded―and how they obscure what's really wrong with student lending

College tuition and student debt levels have been rising at an alarming pace for at least two decades. These trends, coupled with an economy weakened by a major recession, have raised serious questions about whether we are headed for a major crisis, with borrowers defaulting on their loans in unprecedented numbers and taxpayers being forced to foot the bill. Game of Loans draws on new evidence to explain why such fears are misplaced―and how the popular myth of a looming crisis has obscured the real problems facing student lending in America.

Bringing needed clarity to an issue that concerns all of us, Beth Akers and Matthew Chingos cut through the sensationalism and misleading rhetoric to make the compelling case that college remains a good investment for most students. They show how, in fact, typical borrowers face affordable debt burdens, and argue that the truly serious cases of financial hardship portrayed in the media are less common than the popular narrative would have us believe. But there are more troubling problems with student loans that don't receive the same attention. They include high rates of avoidable defaults by students who take on loans but don’t finish college―the riskiest segment of borrowers―and a dysfunctional market where competition among colleges drives tuition costs up instead of down.

Persuasive and compelling, Game of Loans moves beyond the emotionally charged and politicized talk surrounding student debt, and offers a set of sensible policy proposals that can solve the real problems in student lending.

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"Higher education is essential to our nation's future, so how do we pay for it? Game of Loans tackles that urgent question--and it does so brilliantly. With lucid prose and crisp analysis, Beth Akers and Matthew Chingos puncture myths, reveal facts, and chart a sensible course forward. This book is a game-changer, and it should be required reading for everyone interested in higher education and public policy."--Christopher L. Eisgruber, president of Princeton University

"If you want to understand student debt, read this book. Akers and Chingos get past anecdote and hyperbole to explain, with data, what is and is not working in our student loan system. Game of Loans is rigorous, clearly written, and eye opening. Students, policy wonks, and curious observers of the student loan 'crisis' will all benefit from its insights."--Susan Dynarski, University of Michigan

"Clearly written and much needed, Game of Loans provides insight into the student loan market in the United States."--Sarah Turner, University of Virginia

"This insightful book provides an excellent overview of the current student loan system. Presenting evidence about who borrows, how much they borrow, and the burden of repayment, Akers and Chingos refute the idea that there is a general student loan crisis, highlight the real problems that do exist, and propose solutions."--Sandy Baum, coauthor of the annual Trends in Student Aid and Trends in College Pricing

About the Author:
Beth Akers is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.Matthew M. Chingos is a senior fellow at the Urban Institute and the coauthor of Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America's Public Universities (Princeton). 

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  • Publication date2016
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  • ISBN 13 9780691167152
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