Median weekly earnings for 25- to 34-year-olds have fallen 5 percent since 2001. The result is that young adults are less able to pay their student loan debt even as the amount they owe balloons with rising tuition, making it difficult to afford college at a time when a college education is a necessity.

Median weekly earnings for 25- to 34-year-olds have fallen 5 percent since 2001. The result is that young adults are less able to pay their student loan debt even as the amount they owe balloons with rising tuition, making it difficult to afford college at a time when a college education is a necessity.

857 Empty Desks On National Mall Represent Number Of U.S. High School Drop-Outs Per Hour

857 Empty Desks On National Mall Represent Number Of U.S. High School Drop-Outs Per Hour

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Washington's higher education system plays a vital role in preparing our state for shared economic prosperity. However, significant budget cuts over the past few years have led to dramatic increases in tuition and unmet need.

Washington's higher education system plays a vital role in preparing our state for shared economic prosperity. However, significant budget cuts over the past few years have led to dramatic increases in tuition and unmet need.

Student Loan Debt Now Exceeds 100 Billion. Why? (click thru for analysis)

Student Loan Debt Now Exceeds 100 Billion. Why? (click thru for analysis)

"Affordable college is not a luxury. It's the foundation of a healthy middle class." Lily Eskelsen

"Affordable college is not a luxury. It's the foundation of a healthy middle class." Lily Eskelsen

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