Good tools for understanding a bad situation

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In the midst of doing some research for a later project, I surfed across some pretty cool tools on student loan debt. While we’ve looked before at student loan debt skyrocketing amidst tuition increases, it’s fascinating to get a look at the scope of the problem.

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From the New York Times is an interactive map of student debt by university. You can check out how student debt has changed over the years, discover what percentage of graduates have debt, and view out how various variables affect student debt:

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From the Institute for College Access and Success comes this map which allows you to select your state and view key statistics, including average debt, total enrollment cost, and percentage of students receiving Pell grants — nationally, state-wide, or by university.

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