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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

May 20, 2013 at 6:37 AM

The cost of a college education

Do the math

There have been numerous articles on the burden of student debt on college graduates citing loan balances of $80,000, $100,000 or more [“Student debt hurts more than just grads,” seattletimes.com, May 10].

I am a firm believer in availability of a college education for anyone who desires one, and in Washington there are many loan options. What I don’t understand is the notion someone opts for the most expensive of their options without any regard to the debt levels they will accumulate and their ability to repay.

Most of the individuals interviewed in these articles act like the level of debt and entry-level earnings that won’t fund repayment are a total surprise. Maybe the inability to do that basic math should have been a consideration in their decision whether or not to attend college — or at least which one.

Rick Hawley, Bellevue

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