FILE- In this Oct. 6, 2011, file photo, Gan Golan, of Los Angeles, dressed as the "Master of Degrees," holds a ball and chain representing his college loan debt, during Occupy DC activities in Washington. (AP Photo)
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:52 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:52:59 GMT
RICHMOND, VA— The McGuire VA Medical Center is working to notify hundreds of patients after a recently hospitalized veteran tested positive for tuberculosis. As many as 500 patients may have been exposedMore >>
The McGuire VA Medical Center is working to notify hundreds of patients after a recently hospitalized veteran tested positive for tuberculosis.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:51:09 GMT
RICHMOND, VA—A jury has been seated in the trial against a former Richmond Public Schools teacher's aide accused of child sex crimes. Alex Erby, 58, a former teacher's aide at GH Reid Elementary SchoolMore >>
A jury has been seated in the trial against a former Richmond Public Schools teacher's aide accused of child sex crimes.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:15 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:15:03 GMT
HANOVER, VA—Police are asking for help to identify the man who robbed a Hanover County convenience store early Tuesday morning. It happened around 5:15 a.m. at a convenience store located in the 6500More >>
Police have arrested a man in connection with the early Tuesday morning robbery a Hanover County convenience store.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:50 AM EDT2013-06-19 14:50:35 GMT
DINWIDDIE, Va. (AP) - A man accused of killing a Virginia State Police trooper is facing more charges. Russell E. Brown of Chesterfield had been charged with capital murder, attempted capital murderMore >>
A man accused of killing a Virginia State Police trooper is facing more charges. More >>
WASHINGTON (AP) - New research finds that college loan debt has stretched to a record number of U.S. households - nearly 1 in 5 - with the biggest burdens falling on the young and poor.
Analysis by the Pew Research Center found that 22.4 million households, or 19 percent, had college debt in 2010. That is double the share in 1989, and up from 15 percent in 2007, just prior to the recession. It's the biggest three-year increase in student debt in more than two decades.
The increase was driven by higher tuition costs as well as rising college enrollment during the economic downturn.
Because of the sluggish economy, fewer college students than before are able to settle into full-time careers immediately upon graduation, contributing to a jump in debt among lower-income households. Pew says many of the young adults take on part-time jobs or attend graduate school.
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