Factors Associated with Parent and Student Debt
Parent PLUS loans are a growing concern due to their limited income-driven repayment protections and their potential to maintain longstanding racial wealth gaps. Previous research has examined factors associated with student debt burdens of college graduates, but no research has examined factors related to parent borrowing for college. In this brief, I use newly-released College Scorecard data to explore student and institutional characteristics associated with federal student loans and Parent PLUS loans of two recent bachelor’s degree cohorts. I find meaningful differences in how certain characteristics are associated with student and parent debt, particularly gender, family income, and institutional selectivity.
"Factors Associated with Parent and Student Debt of Bachelor’s Degree Recipients,"
Journal of Student Financial Aid: Vol. 50
, Article 5.
Available at: https://ir.library.louisville.edu/jsfa/vol50/iss3/5