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The Impact of Student Debt on Relationships

August 9, 2016

A new national survey finds that student debt has an impact on how people view relationship potential. IonTuition.com, which advises colleges and businesses on student debt issues, commissioned a survey of 1,000 adults. The survey found that 75 percent view student debt of a potential partner as "baggage." How significant is that baggage? For 12 percent, student debt was viewed as more troublesome baggage than being divorced, having a child from a previous relationship or having a record as a nonviolent felon. More than 70 percent said that they would feel obliged to help significant others pay off their student loan debt.

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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