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the Student Loan Debt Project

Confronting the 21st Century’s Third Rail of Economic Politics


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In The News

This pro-education documentary film examining the true costs of college aired on CNBC in September 2017. It features research from One Wisconsin.

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Declining financial support for higher education has shifted costs onto consumers, increased student loan debt and decreased the affordability of higher ed.

One Wisconsin Institute
Student Loan Debt Graduation Cap and Money

We need to get serious about real, common sense reforms to student loan debt before the crisis becomes a full-blown economic catastrophe.

One Wisconsin Institute
In The News

Through the recession, college tuition skyrocketed at public universities to make up for flagging state funding. Some students who borrowed to keep up with rising costs face crushing debt repayments.

In The News

A Wisconsin student calls for action on the higher ed debt crisis. HuffPost Live goes on campus to speak with two students fighting for change.

Huffington Post

Our research shows how the vicious cycle of student loan debt is a danger to the finances of students & their families and to our national economy.

One Wisconsin Institute
In The News

It’s graduation time. While that’s supposed to be a joyous time for grads and their families the plain truth is that college grads are coming into a world of uncertainty: debt, lack of jobs, the prospect of no social security. Scot Ross joins the Melissa Harris-Perry panel.

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In The News

My name is Scot Ross and I'm a student loan debtor. I know the regret of economic opportunity lost to a loan payment.

The Progressive
Student Loan Debt Graduation Cap and Money

Our research confirms the detrimental economic impact of student loan debt, finding it negatively affects new car purchasing and home ownership.

One Wisconsin Institute
  • Gov. Tony Evers Creates Task Force to Take on Student Loan Debt Crisis in Wisconsin

    Gov. Tony Evers signed an executive order today creating a student debt task force to find ways to help Wisconsinites swept up in the deepening economic crisis.

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/29/2020
  • NYU Students Don’t Know If the Degree Is Worth the Debt

    A study by One Wisconsin Institute reports that it takes an average of 21.1 years to pay back the student loan debt accumulated from earning a bachelor’s degree.

    Washington Square Times, 11/11/2019
  • Wisconsin Graduates Seventh for Debt

    “This is not a sustainable state of affairs. We need reform and we need it now,” Analiese Eicher said in a press release.

    Advance Titan, 10/23/2019
  • Crises Collide: Low Teacher Pay Intensifies Student Loan Debt Crisis for Educators

    The more college debt that students incur, the less likely they are to choose to work in a lower-wage profession such as teaching.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/01/2019
  • Unsealed Memo Exposes Student Loan Servicer Navient Pushing Payment Plans Driving Borrowers Deeper Into Debt

    The memo shows yet again how borrowers caught in the $1.6 trillion student debt crisis have been treated unfairly by the system.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/26/2019
  • Student Loan Debt in Wisconsin Continues to Outpace National Average, According to Latest Research

    Wisconsin remains in the top ten states in the nation for the percentage of graduates with student loan debt.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/19/2019
  • State Budget, Student Loan Debt, Soccer

    Analiese joins Matt Rothschild in the Madison studios to talk the state budget, student loan debt and soccer.

    WTTN-FM, 07/29/2019
  • Republican Lawmakers Seek Path to Ending UW Tuition Freeze by Proposing Inflationary Increases

    Mike Browne, deputy director of liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now, said the GOP proposal is "ludicrous".

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/25/2019
  • ‘Ludicrous’: Republicans Offer New Plan to Hike Tuition

    Republican state legislators revealed they will propose a plan to increase tuition at University of Wisconsin schools.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/25/2019
  • Student Debt Earns State a Bad Ranking

    According to One Wisconsin Now... more than one million Wisconsinites carry $24 billion in total student-loan debt.

    Urban Milwaukee, 07/18/2019
  • Republican State Budget: No Help For One Million Student Loan Borrowers, But a Special Favor For One Electric Car Enthusiast

    Republicans refused to include Tony Evers' 2019 budget provision to help by setting up a state plan for allowing borrowers to refinance their loans.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/28/2019
  • Democratic Candidates for President Support Solutions to Stem Student Loan Debt Crisis While Wisconsin Republicans Refuse to Even Debate

    Candidates in the Democratic presidential primary support student loan debt reforms with several already having rolled out formal plans to help take on the $1.5 trillion crisis.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/25/2019
  • Analiese Eicher: Wisconsin Republicans Make a Bad Student Loan Debt Situation Worse

    There is no debating that $1.5 trillion in student loan debt is a national economic crisis.

    Capital Times, 06/05/2019
  • College Students Vastly Underestimate How Long It’ll Take to Pay Off Their Debt

    One Wisconsin Institute even estimates the average length of repayment at a little over 21 years.

    Washington Examiner, 05/31/2019
  • Making a Bad Student Loan Debt Situation Worse, Legislative Republicans Reject Reform

    Nearly two-thirds of graduates in 2017 left college in Wisconsin not just with a degree but also an average debt of nearly $30,000.

    Analiese Eicher, 05/31/2019
  • College Grads Expect to Pay Off Student Debt in 6 Years—this Is How Long It Will Actually Take

    One Wisconsin Institute found that the average length of repayment for student debt borrowers is 21.1 years.

    CNBC, 05/23/2019
  • How Much Student Loan Debt Do Americans Have?

    According to a study from One Wisconsin Institute, it takes an average of 19.7 years to pay off a 4-year degree.

    WCCO-TV, 05/21/2019
  • Resistance Radio: May 20, 2019

    One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Analiese Eicher appeared on WRRD-AM to discuss the student loan debt crisis.

    WRRD-AM, 05/20/2019
  • Double Dose of Disappointment For Student Loan Borrowers From Joint Committee on Finance

    Republican majority on the Joint Committee on Finance refused the opportunity to provide help to student loan borrowers today.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/16/2019
  • Wisconsin Republicans Refusing to Help Student Loan Borrowers, Again

    GOP leadership in the state legislature released a memo announcing they are axing state budget proposal to help student loan borrowers.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/02/2019
  • Average UWM Student Debt Rose 194%

    Indeed Walker himself apparently faced this problem, as Analiese Eicher, Executive Director of ... One Wisconsin Now, points out.

    Urban Milwaukee, 04/30/2019
  • Wisconsin U.S. Representative Mark Pocan Re-Introduces Plan to Allow Federal Student Loan Debt Refinancing

    Borrowers who are currently repaying federal student loans would be able to refinance their loans with the federal government.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/10/2019
  • Wisconsin Democrats Seek Support to Create Student Loan Refinancing Authority

    "This is a real crisis," said Analiese Eicher, executive director of longtime refinancing advocate One Wisconsin Now.

    Capital Times, 03/12/2019
  • Gov. Evers Proposes State-run Student Loan Refinancing System in New Budget Proposal

    “Student loan borrowers are Democrats and Republicans, young and old, rural and urban, men and women, people of color and white.”

    Badger Herald, 03/12/2019
  • Gov. Tony Evers Administration Stepping Up With Real, Common Sense Solutions to Take on $1.5 Trillion Student Loan Debt Crisis

    Gov. Tony Evers has directed his administration to develop a plan to provide common sense relief to state student loan borrowers.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/11/2019
  • Gov. Tony Evers’ Budget Plan: Progress on Solutions for Student Loan Borrowers and Protections for Wisconsin Voter Rights

    Gov. Tony Evers includes important steps to address the $1.5 trillion-plus student loan debt crisis and protect voting rights.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/28/2019
  • Gov. Tony Evers Budget Plan to Offer New Hope for Help to Student Loan Borrowers

    Tony Evers announced his budget plan will take steps toward implementing a plan to let borrowers refinance their student loans.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/25/2019
  • What Is the Average Time It Takes to Repay Student Loans?

    According to a survey of 61,000 respondents conducted by One Wisconsin Institute, the average time to pay off student loan debt is 21.1 years.

    Credible, 01/16/2019
  • Assembly Republicans Missing an Opportunity to Make Bipartisan Progress By Tackling Student Loan Debt Crisis

    If Republicans want to make bipartisan progress on a critical issue, helping student loan borrowers is a common sense solution.

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/10/2019
  • Desperate Scott Walker Campaign Criticizes Tony Evers for Supporting a Bigger Tax Break and Better Plan for Student Loan Borrowers

    Scott Walker is now criticizing Tony Evers for supporting a tax break for student loan borrowers and a common sense plan to help them refinance student loans.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/17/2018
  • Point Counterpoint: No One Looks Out for Students Like Sen. Tammy Baldwin

    According to One Wisconsin Institute’s “Student Loan Voter Scorecard,” Vukmir has consistently voted against ... college students in Wisconsin.

    Badger Herald, 10/16/2018
  • One Wisconsin Now Delivers Testimony Before Federal Government Committee Considering Changes to Student Loan Rules

    One Wisconsin Now Program Director Analiese Eicher today delivered testimony at a public hearing before a federal negotiated rule-making committee.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/13/2018