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UW-Madison's Hillman sets the record straight on student debt

May 26, 2015

An article by UW-Madison's Nicholas Hillman in The Conversation addresses common misperceptions about student debt and attempts to set the record straight about what current research says and what we still don’t know.

Nicholas Hillman
Hillman is an assistant professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and is an affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE).

While he is not seeking to disprove current research on the subject, Hillman explains that "research on the causes and consequences of student loan debt is still in its infancy.”

“Until we gain a better understanding of (the) fundamental issues, we should remain skeptical of headlines on the impact of student loan debt," he concludes. "(T)hey often create more confusion than clarity.”

Check out the article, headlined, "Student debt 101: dearth of data fuels common misperceptions," for free at The Conversation is a collaboration between editors and academics to provide informed news analysis and commentary that’s free to read and republish.