Four Years Later: Did Obama Make the Grade?

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  • Then and Now
  • National Debt
  • Student Debt
  • Unemployment
  • Iraq
  • Afghanistan
  • Wall Street Reform
  • Home Foreclosures
  • Gay Rights
  • Health Care Reform
  • Immigration

Student Debt

A report from the Center for American Progress shows that 81 percent of African-American students who earned bachelor's degrees graduated with debt, compared to 64 percent of white students. In addition, 27 percent of Black students leave with debt levels of $30,500 or more, according to a 2010 study from the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center. In 2007-2008, 21 percent owed $30,000 or more. Under Obama, Pell Grants have been expanded and tuition interest rates lowered, but college costs continue to rise.

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