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Tuition Topping $70k, How To Ease The Burden Of Student Debt?

In the past decade, the amount of money that students owe for education has more than doubled to almost $1.4 trillion, and tuition for college has increased nearly 400 percent in the last 30 years. 

So it may not be surprising to hear that Hartford’s Trinity College is charging more than $70,000 for tuition, room and board. Of course, most students won’t pay that much - but the sticker price is shocking.

This hour, we talk about what Congress and the Trump administration are doing for students, and about who might benefit the most. And it's been a decade since Congress has revamped the country's higher education system. The Higher Education Act would overhaul the entire federal student loan system. 

We want to hear from you. Are you planning to send your kids to college? Are you saddled with debt? 


  • Danielle Douglas-Gabriel - Covers student debt for the Washington Post 
  • Angel Perez - Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success at Trinity College
  • Joe Courtney - U.S. Congressman for Connecticut's 2nd District 
  • Fred Amrein - Certified Financial Planner, author of Financial Aid and Beyond: Secrets to College Affordability, Founder of EFCPlus.com, providing tools to help families compare college costs

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.


Lucy is the Executive Producer and Host of Connecticut Public's morning talk show, 'Where We Live.' She’s a longtime public radio reporter covering several beats including immigration, juvenile justice and child welfare issues, education, veterans affairs and the military.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.
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