The Disproportionate Burden of School-Loan Debt on Minorities

Publication date: May 6, 2015

Posted by Sophie Quinton on May 5, 2015.

When Elijah Cummings arrived at Howard University as a freshman, all he had was a suitcase and two trash bags full of clothes. “Boy, you’ve come here to get an education now,” Cummings recalls his father telling him. His father was a former sharecropper with a third-grade education. After graduating from college in 1973, Cummings went on to become a lawyer and a U.S. congressman.

The Maryland Democrat returned to Howard last week, bringing Senator Elizabeth Warren, a fellow Democrat, with him to talk about student loans and social mobility. The two lawmakers believe that going to college can help people find high-paying jobs. But they’re worried that student debt can make it harder for graduates to achieve financial stability.

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