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Webber & Burns Research Grad Student Debt

Webber and Burns

Karen Webber and Rachel Burns (PhD 2018) appear in Research in Higher Education. Noting the upward trend in borrowing among graduate and professional students, Webber and Burns investigate the implications on students and institutions and on policy development. 

Using data from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data (IPEDS), their study examines educational debt for graduate and professional students in 2000 and 2016 and explores whether significant predictors of debt changed over time. 

They were guided by the theories of human capital and rational choice as they considered how debt loads contribute to fewer advanced degrees pursued by minority students.

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Professor Emerita of Higher Education
PhD, 2018

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