The Debt Trap

The Debt Trap Book Details:

Author : Josh Mitchell

Release : 2021-08-03

ISBN-13 : 1501199447

Page : 272

"The dramatic untold story of the student loan debt crisis in America. In 1981, a new executive at the student loan giant Sallie Mae took home the company's financial documents to review. 'You've got to be shitting me,' he later told the company's CEO. 'This place is a gold mine.' Far from making college affordable, the student loan system has created a college-industrial complex that has submerged multiple generations in debt. For millions, their college investment turned into a nightmare: 43 million people owe a combined $1.6 trillion in student debt, more than both credit card debt and car loans. How did we get here? Acclaimed Wall Street Journal reporter Josh Mitchell's landmark investigation is the first book to tell the full story of the student loan debt crisis in America. Mitchell shows how the program began in the 1950s, evolved into a grand social experiment in the 1960s, got overtaken by greedy colleges in the 1980s and 1990s, and was unleashed in the 2000s by Sallie Mae, the billion-dollar company that turned student lending into big business. Based on eight years of reporting and hundreds of interviews with the decision-makers who crafted the program, The Debt Trap never loses sight of the countless student victims whose lives have been forever altered by a predatory lending system. Mitchell's defining book shows how the narrative of higher education as a ticket to the American Dream fueled the rise of a rapacious system that one of its original architects called a 'monster'".--From dust jacket.