This editorial from the New York Post perfectly describes the vicious cycle of student loan debt.

The college bubble

On one thing President Obama and Gov. Cuomo are agreed: The answer to high tuition and crushing student debt is more money from the government.

Problem is, it’s precisely government dollars that are driving up the price of college tuition at a rate far faster than general inflation.

Right now, colleges have no skin in the loan game: If a kid drops out before earning his degree, or if she earns a degree that is worthless and so can’t get a job that pays enough to let her pay off her loans, that’s terrible for her.
But the school has already been paid.

Obama has just proposed free community college and more federal efforts to help ease the burden of paying off student loans.
Meanwhile, here in New York, Cuomo says graduates of state public or nonprofit colleges who earn less than $50,000 a year, live in-state and join the federal Pay as You Earn Program would see Albany pick up two years of their loan payments.

Again, no one disputes that paying for college has become increasingly difficult even as a college degree is no longer the guaranteed ticket to a comfortable, middle-class life it once was. America has a total student loan debt of more than $1 trillion — more than what Americans owe on their credit cards — and the average college debt for a New York grad is $26,381.
But the “fixes” on offer from both the president and the governor would only fuel the problem of escalating tuition, because they include no incentives to control costs.

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The college bubble (New York Post)