Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. April 18, 2021. YouTube, 21min.
John Oliver details why people file for bankruptcy, how needlessly difficult the process can be, and the ways we can better serve people struggling with debt.
TED, 2021. 4.6 min.
Whether you want to pay off credit card debt or just prevent yourself from accruing big balances in the first place, there are some simple steps you can take to help achieve your goal, according to behavioral scientist Wendy De La Rosa.
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This 2018 video series from the Wall Street Journal highlights Americans' economic struggles and efforts to provide them with greater financial security.
Is it still worth it for low-income students to attend college, given the debt incurred? This book provides a new framework for evaluating the financial aid system in America, positing that aid must not only allow access to higher education, but also help students succeed in college and facilitate their financial health post-college.
Winner of the American Society of Journalists and Authors' 2016 Outstanding Book Award in the Self-Help category. The book breaks through delusion and naiveté and can, given a chance, inspire even the most wide-eyed spender to avoid the pit of debt that snared Harzog and so very many others.
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Wall St. Journal, 2021. 7.46 min. Tuition at America’s public universities has nearly tripled since 1990. With President Biden looking to ease the burden for some students, experts explain how federal financial aid programs can actually contribute to rising costs.
TedX, 2016. 11.32 min.
Professor Sajay Samuel Samuel proposes linking tuition costs to a degree's expected earnings, so that students can make informed decisions about their future, restore their love of learning and contribute to the world in a meaningful way.
TedEd, 2011. 5 min.
At TEDYouth 2011, performance artist Carvens Lissaint shows how to use language, metaphor and imagery to express a powerful idea -- as in this spoken word performance, a stirring plea to make college education more accessible.
With unprecedented student debt keeping an entire generation from realizing the "American Dream," this book sounds a warning about how that debt may undermine both higher education―and our democracy. -Amazon
This completely revised, up-to-date edition builds on the success of the original--the definitive, one-stop guide to the college selection and payment process, covering everything from basic timelines and tuition costs to predicting your scholarship award from colleges and taking ownership of student debt after graduation.
Beth Akers and Matthew Chingos 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.
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