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ECO 1030: Wealth and Poverty: College education costs/value

About the value of college

Resources on the costs and value of a college education, and the student debt crisis

EBSCO search

Periodical articles on the subject
"higher education--costs"

from several EBSCO databases, including Business Source Premier, Education Research Complete. (Re-sort by date to see the newest ones on top.)

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CQ Researcher reports

Examples of relevant reports

Humanities Education: Are humanities degrees worth the cost? (2013)

Student Debt: Is the college-loan system fair? (2011)

The Value of a College Education: Is a four-year degree the only path to a secure future? (2009)

Student Aid: Will many low-income students be left out?(2008)

Rising College Costs: Should Congress penalize schools that raise fees? (2003)

Liberal Arts: Should colleges get back to basics? (1998)


Student loans

See a wide variety of sources provided by the Opposing Viewpoints database on
Student Loans

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Reports from Georgetown University's Center for Education and the Workforce

Reports from
Georgetown University's
Center for Education and the Workforce

are available to read online

Two examples:


          The Economic Value of College Majors (2015)

From Hard Times to Better Times: College Majors, Unemployment, and Earnings (2015)

The economic and civic value of a liberal arts education

From the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU)

Also from AACU:

Relevant New York Times articles

New York Times articles on this subject collected: Student loans


Institute for College Access & Success
Project on Student Debt and more

Pulling Up the Higher-Ed Ladder Myth and Reality in the Crisis of College Affordability
A report from Demos, a nonprofit think tank

College Reality Check
From the Chronicle of Higher Education, "to share facts and figures that students, parents, and counselors should weigh in making decisions about college"

Investigative reporting


Guide author:  Charlotte Gerstein, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Castleton University