Phi Beta Cons

Students Can Borrow Too Much

In an op-ed piece in today’s Raleigh News & Observer, my Pope Center colleague Jenna Ashley Robinson points out the ease with which college students can borrow large sums of money — well in excess of the amounts they need for tuition, books, and essential expenditures.

Federal student-aid programs help some students, but encourage others to spend on frills like Jenna’s fun-filled semester in England. I have no objection to students or anyone else living it up, but taxpayers shouldn’t be subsidizing it.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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