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Topic: College Debt

Degrees of Debt

Degrees of Debt

New Hampshire's college affordability crisis

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In this series


What can be done to lower tuition in N.H.?
The Granite State ranks last in the country in supporting public higher education.

UNH Finance Major Joshua Marks is one of the lucky ones.
He landed a job right after graduation, but he's still $100,000 in debt and living at home with his parents.

Will legislators support more money for higher education?

Today's college graduates are putting off the American dream
New graduates are delaying buying cars and homes, getting married and having children - because of debt.


University of Maine froze tuition last year
Maine officials are trying to make a clear statement -- keep higher education affordable

UNH grad working part-time in restaurant with $30K in debt, few job prospects
Psychology major Mike Fillipon works as a cook in a Hampton seafood restaurant and hasn't had any luck finding career-related jobs.

What are colleges doing to help their graduates find jobs?
Today’s graduates continue to leave college and struggle to find work. The business world, meanwhile, is worried it won’t find skilled workers to fill open positions as the state’s workforce ages.


Salaries contribute to rising costs
Three things have happened in higher education during the past 10 years: cuts to state funding, rising tuition, and growing salaries for university employees.

UNH grad says college degree was worth it, but debt burden looms large
Kelsey O'Neil took an non-traditional route to her English degree and still found herself $38,000 in debt after graduation.


UNH grad, of Nashua, picked grad school over immediate career options.
When Andrew Cote turned the blue-and-white tassel from right to left on his black mortarboard two years ago, signifying his graduation from the University of New Hampshire, he already knew his days in school were not quite finished

College courses have been offered online for more than a decade, but the past two years have seen the concept gain more attention
Major colleges have signed up, creating paid and free coursework that some say could upend higher education.

SNHU on leading edge of online education
Plenty of industries have used the online world to cut costs and make their product a lot less expensive. Can colleges do the same?


Ex-banker backs reform of college costs
Stay Work Play program offers incentive to keep graduates in NH

College cost is top priority for many prospective students, parents at UNH
Does the quality of education out weight the cost?

UNH reports one of best fundraising years ever
As the cost of higher education increases around the country and the state, the University of New Hampshire’s fundraising also has grown.


Live forum:
Experts say collaboration needed to keep NH college costs down

Nashua financial planner shares tips for college spending
Todd Leo shares some of his best college savings and student debt management tips with The Telegraph.

Degrees of Debt - News

Federal student loan repayment reform welcome news, but devil is in the details, NH experts say

In a state where college graduates and their families face some of the highest debt loads in the nation, any reform to make higher education … Full story    
Published:  June 11, 2014

President Obama signs memorandum to cap student debt repayments at no more than 10 percent of borrower’s income

WASHINGTON – Up to 5 million Americans struggling to make their monthly student loan payments could find relief under a program President Barack Obama expanded … Full story    
Published:  June 10, 2014

SNHU fair in Manchester helps show options to prospective college students

MANCHESTER – Dozens of college recruiters and hundreds of families populated the small gymnasium at Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday morning for Destination College, … Full story    
Published:  April 6, 2014

NH nonprofit offering loan consolidation

CONCORD (AP) – A New Hampshire nonprofit is launching a new private loan consolidation program for students. The New Hampshire Higher Education Loan Corporation is … Full story    
Published:  February 18, 2014

Maine student loan tax credit program falls flat

AUGUSTA, Maine – It’s been more than five years since Maine created tax credits for college graduates who remain in the state to work, but … Full story    
Published:  January 2, 2014

New Hampshire college debt drops to second highest in the nation; some high-debt colleges refuse to report data

New Hampshire higher education has slipped from the top spot in the one ranking that nobody wants to lead: average amount of student debt. But … Full story    
Published:  December 6, 2013

Lawmakers aim to tackle student debt next session

AUGUSTA, Maine – State lawmakers are seeking to tackle the problem of mounting student debt in their next session, including exploring plans that could make … Full story    
Published:  November 1, 2013

Student loan borrowers complain of repayment snags

WASHINGTON – Federal officials have received more than 3,800 complaints in the last year from borrowers of private student loans, with problems related to payment … Full story    
Published:  October 17, 2013

What does Obama want to do with college costs?

President Barack Obama is proposing the most sweeping changes to the federal student aid program in decades. His plan would link federal dollars to new … Full story    
Published:  August 25, 2013

Education: Choosing a career for love vs. choosing a career for money

DURHAM – Krystal Hicks sometimes has to remind students that she isn’t the “fairy jobmother.” She can’t wave a magic wand and find them a … Full story    
Published:  August 11, 2013

Middle-class families benefit from student loan deal

Much of the outrage over the interest rate doubling on federally subsidized Stafford loans this summer was due to the measure coming on the backs … Full story    
Published:  August 4, 2013

With higher education struggling, one small private college is thriving in New Hampshire

HENNIKER – Grayson Wrigley came to New England College from Maryland after she fell in love with New Hampshire. But it’s the college’s programming and … Full story    
Published:  June 30, 2013

A doubling of college loan interest rates spells big trouble for NH students, families

NASHUA – Elaine Casperson has been in school for years, working to pay the bills and support her three children while moving through programs at … Full story    
Published:  June 30, 2013

University System of NH board votes to freeze in-state tuition for two years

DURHAM – New Hampshire students attending one of the four institutions of the University System of New Hampshire won’t pay more for tuition for the … Full story    
Published:  June 29, 2013

NH Community colleges freeze tuition for next school year

Students at the state’s community colleges won’t be dishing out any more money to attend classes next year than they did this school year after … Full story    
Published:  June 28, 2013

College loan interest rate increase would hit thousands of Granite State students

New Hampshire student loan borrowers could end up paying $42 million more if Congress doesn’t strike a deal to keep interest rates from doubling July … Full story    
Published:  June 7, 2013

Kuster talks student loans with NCC students, staff

NASHUA– Erica Taylor was a single mother of three when she first started studying at Nashua Community College a few years ago. Now, she is … Full story    
Published:  April 30, 2013

NH business, education coalition aims to improve collaboration

NASHUA – As president of the New Hampshire High Technology Council, Fred Kocher is well-versed in the challenges facing Granite State businesses in today’s economy. … Full story    
Published:  April 24, 2013

State aid may run short for USNH

CONCORD – The Senate’s chief budget writer warned the University System of New Hampshire executives they may not get any more state aid in the … Full story    
Published:  April 23, 2013

Nashua Community College holds Discovery Day to show high school students less expensive option

NASHUA– Lee-Ann Kalenoski knows that many of her fellow Nashua High School South seniors feel pressured to go to a typical four-year college to earn … Full story    
Published:  April 7, 2013

Construction careers draw students, business owners

NASHUA – Taylor Lavoie grew up around the hammer and nails of the construction field. His stepfather was a plumber, and as a kid, he … Full story    
Published:  March 9, 2013

College Scoreboard offers students, parents way to compare based on cost, debt

DURHAM – Students attending the University of New Hampshire can expect to pay $18,439 a year after financial aid and scholarships, face $23,060 in average … Full story    
Published:  February 18, 2013

NH university officials say governor’s proposal enough to stand by their commitment to freeze tuition

DURHAM – Out-of-state students can expect to pay up to 3 percent more for tuition at the state’s public colleges and universities next year, an … Full story    
Published:  February 18, 2013

Shaheen, students talk burden of student debt at UNH-Manchester

MANCHESTER – The eighth child in a brood of nine, Derek Burkhardt had already seen the pitfalls that can come with funding a college education. … Full story    
Published:  January 16, 2013

Rising costs of higher education, solutions major story for students in 2012

DURHAM – College tuition bills grew exponentially for students around the state in 2012, after historic cuts to state funding for higher education in 2011 … Full story    
Published:  December 29, 2012

At $32,440, New Hampshire once again tops in nation in average student debt

CONCORD – If New Hampshire’s class of 2010 thought it had it rough, the class of 2011 just topped it. Students graduating from Granite State … Full story    
Published:  October 19, 2012

UNH president hopes new campaign will convince lawmakers to restore higher ed cuts

DURHAM – University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston is on a mission to convince the Legislature to restore historic cuts to higher education. During … Full story    
Published:  October 12, 2012

Nashua South students, parents worried about rising costs of college

NASHUA – For Sindy Duron, applying to college seems like a daunting task. The Nashua High School South senior moved to the United States from … Full story    
Published:  September 24, 2012

College and University Council seeks to narrow education gap

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part of an ongoing series about college debt in New Hampshire. To read more stories in the Degrees of Debt series, … Full story    
Published:  September 24, 2012

USNH offers state a deal: We’ll freeze tuition if you restore our funding

PORTSMOUTH – The University System of New Hampshire board of trustees made it official Tuesday and offered its hand to members of the state Legislature … Full story    
Published:  September 12, 2012

‘Move-in Day’ jump starts the year at Nashua’s Rivier University

NASHUA – Not unlike a business partnership, Marty Nahigian and his son, Al, each have their assignments for the next four years: Dad worries about … Full story    
Published:  September 4, 2012

Survey: Majority of Granite Staters against legislature’s cuts to public college, university funding

college-debt Nearly two-thirds of New Hampshire’s residents oppose the state Legislature’s decision to slash funds for the state’s state public colleges and universities, according to … Full story    
Published:  August 29, 2012

UNH grad, of Nashua, picked grad school over immediate career options

When Andrew Cote turned the blue-and-white tassel from right to left on his black mortarboard two years ago, signifying his graduation from the University of … Full story    
Published:  August 15, 2012

Degrees of debt: UNH grad says college degree was worth it, but debt burden looms large

As a 20-year-old college dropout, New Hampshire native Kelsey O’Neil moved to Washington, D.C., five years ago to be an emergency medical technician. She lived … Full story    
Published:  August 14, 2012

Degrees of debt: UNH grad working part-time in restaurant with $30K in debt, few job prospects

Steam billows in the small kitchen as Mike Fillipon removes the newest crop of fresh lobsters from a giant silver tank and plops them down … Full story    
Published:  August 13, 2012

Salem resident racks up $100K in student debt at UNH, but lands job

With his first paycheck from the finance job he landed right out of the University of New Hampshire, Joshua Marks made an investment. “I upgraded … Full story    
Published:  August 12, 2012

‘Degrees of Debt’ seeks solutions

For more than three decades, New Hampshire’s economy has been among the strongest in the nation. Historically, the Granite State has been the last to … Full story    
Published:  August 12, 2012

Engineering, health-care college degrees on the rise in N.H.

High debt and a sluggish job market may be making New Hampshire college students more interested in job-oriented degrees such as engineering and those in … Full story    
Published:  August 1, 2012

Student loan debt may weaken economy more

CHICAGO – Move over, mortgages. Get out of the way, Greece. Another economic doomsday scenario is emerging. Student loan debt has reached about $870 billion, … Full story    
Published:  April 17, 2012