As millions of American families struggle to cope with college costs that are rising at twice the rate of inflation, CNBC investigates a system that encourages widespread borrowing—often with little regard to a student’s ability to pay—leaving the average college graduate with tens of thousands of dollars in student-loan debt.
How long can the system be sustained? Are student loans the next subprime mortgages? And if the bubble bursts, who will pay the price? CNBC Senior Correspondent Scott Cohn speaks to borrowers, lenders and school administrators to measure the real “Price of Admission” to the nation’s higher-education system.