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Interesting college statistics:

  • 49% of students are living at home in order to make college more affordable.
  • 37% of parents report that their retirement savings is a lower priority than their children's education.
  • As of 6/17, student loan debt exceeded $1.5Trillion, with indirect student loan debt far exceeding that number.
  • Student loan debt among households has nearly tripled in the past 20 years, average balance: $37,000.
  • The proportion of younger households with student loans has increased by more than 50% in the past 20 years.
  • One out of three students is attending community college as their first step towards a bachelor's degree.
  • 90% of families are expecting their student(s) to earn at least a bachelor's degree.
  • When choosing a college, cost is the THIRD most important factor, after academic program and personal choice.
  • 37% of students with loans defer saving for retirement and delay making other large purchases because of debt.

Sources: Sallie Mae, 'How America Pays for College 2016;' 529DASH 6/27/16 and 7/25/16;FRB 'Report on the economic Well-Being of US Households 2015, HelloWallet, "Two's a Crowd...3/16