In Texas, 56 percent of undergraduates who finished college in 2016 left with an average of about $26,000 in debt, according to the Institute for College Access & Success.
Five out of six university systems in Texas are expected to raise tuition rates next year, as a response to decreased funding from the state legislature.
Nationally, a proposed tax plan has the potential to impact long-term costs for borrowers, colleges and current students.
What options are available for repayment? How can policy changes on the state and federal level affect access to higher education?
- Sandy Baum, senior fellow at The Urban Institute
- Rebecca Alejos, program manager at Cafe College
- Eva-Marie Ayala, education reporter for the Dallas Morning News
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