Dr. Van Bergen-Rylander
11 Sept. 2014
Is College Debt To Much
Everyone who wants to go to college is often faced with the same fact, how will I pay? Students often go with the options of taking loans, after much consideration and research, research sometimes based on essays written by authors. Even though Carey and Wilson both address the debt college could put someone in. Wilson provides a more convincing argument due to the fact that he gives more information on statistics of student loans, more information about loans, and an unbiased opinion. Before you make a big decision you should always know the risks and benefits. One way to ensure you make a good decision is, if possible look at statistics. In the essays “Why Do You Think They’re Called For- Profit Colleges?” by Kevin Carey and “A Lifetime Of Student Debt? Not Likely” by Robin Wilson they both take different approaches to using statistics about student loan debt in their writing. Carey does not use any statistics making his article harder to understand and his material credibility questionable. Carey states that, “The University Of Phoenix is on pace to reap $4 billion from federal loans” (Carey 216). This is one of the only times in his article Carey mentions how much colleges make from loans. He then says “Unfortunately, a large and growing number of graduates of for-profit colleges are having trouble paying those loans back” (Carey 216). Although Carey says it’s a large number of graduates that have trouble paying loans back he does not show any statistics to confirm it, which makes his information questionable. On the other hand Wilson uses an abundance of statistics in his article which makes the article easy to understand and a trustworthy source. According to Wilson, “Of the 65 percent who face debt, the average they owe is around $20,00” Andrews 2
(Wilson 257). Wilson also gives statistics on the amount of debt difference between...
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