STANDING UP FOR COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY

to reduce student debt and restore public trust
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ABOUT THE ISSUE

College Costs Are Out of Control

In the past 30 years, tuition and fees at public universities have increased at more than three times the rate of inflation. Financial aid has not kept up, as the out of pocket costs for full-time students at four year public universities doubled over the last two decades. The result: an explosion in higher education debt, now over $1.4 trillion, held by over 44 million Americans.

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$1.4 Trillion in total student debt in America

(Federal Reserve Bank of New York)

Tuition has increased at a pace 3x inflation

(US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

$37,172 average debt for 2016 graduates

(Student Loan Hero)

Student debt outweighs total credit card debt

(NerdWallet)
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ABOUT PARTNERS

A Voice For Students and Parents

Today, far too many students leave our colleges and universities with crippling debt and little to show for it. Partners for College Affordability and Public Trust gives voice to students, parents, and concerned citizens who often get stuck with the bill but who rarely have a seat at the table. We are unifying students and parents on the issue of college affordability and offering tools to urge policymakers and college trustees to reduce costs, improve quality, and accelerate the pace of innovation.

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State Policies

Learn about commonsense policies to improve affordability, accountability and transparency at public universities.

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State Stats

Explore college affordability data and policies in your state.

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About our organization

Partners for College Affordability and
Public Trust

Today, far too many students leave our colleges and universities with crippling debt and little to show for it. Partners for College Affordability and Public Trust gives voice to students, parents, and concerned citizens who often get stuck with the bill but who rarely have a seat at the table. While others talk about the problem, at Partners we’re doing something about it. We are unifying students and parents on the issue of college affordability and giving them the tools as they urge policymakers and college trustees to reduce costs, improve quality, and accelerate the pace of innovation.

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THE BLOG

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Join the Movement

The cost of higher education has risen out of control. We must do more to make quality public education affordable for all students and restore trust in our institutions. If you agree, sign your name here.

Thank you for joining our movement to make college more affordable!  You are now part of a growing community who is determined to do something about the cost of college and student debt crisis.  Together, we can make sure that all students can achieve their dream of a college education without mortgaging their economic future.

We will soon begin to send you a bi-monthly e-mail newsletter that will keep you up-to-date about our work and the many ways you can become involved! 
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