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High Student Debt at Harvard Theater Program

August 8, 2017

Alumni of a master's program in theater affiliated with Harvard University are raising questions -- as is the U.S. Education Department -- about the high debt levels of graduates, The New York Times reported. The median debt for graduates of the program is $78,000, compared to $14,000 at the Yale School of Drama. The program is affiliated with the American Repertory Theater, and some alumni say that Harvard has never fully committed to the program with appropriate levels of financial aid. Among the alumni profiled is an actress in Los Angeles who has had to stop her sketch comedy show because it doesn't always break even. She works as a dog walker and a social media copywriter, 12 years after graduating and still owing $54,000. Harvard has suspended admissions to the program while studying options for it.

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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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