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Reporting Recipe: How to Investigate Student Debt at Your College

Student debt has tripled over the past decade to $1.2 trillion, with more than a quarter of former students struggling to make payments. But until a few weeks ago, there was very little public data on how well students fare at individual schools.

That changed in September after the government publicly released a massive trove of data on student debt and ProPublica published Debt by Degrees, an interactive database that allows anyone to look up over 7,000 schools and see how well low-income students do at each school. Using our database, we’ve written about how some wealthy colleges leave poor students with big debts and how many Catholic universities do too.

So how can you report on student debt at your school? Here are five story ideas to help jumpstart your own investigation.