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Malia Politzer
Editor of International Investigative Journalist
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Sunday, 31 March 2019

How To Pay For College? Some Students Are Selling Shares Of Their Future Incomes

Anyone who's gone to college in the U.S. knows that a good education often comes with a hefty price tag. Paying for education isn't easy—and often means that more and more students are taking on considerable debt. 

Currently, student debt is the second-highest consumer debt in the United States, second only to mortgages: As of 2018, student debt has peaked at $1.5 trillion—with an average debt of $37,000 for new grads. 

But what if there was another way to pay? This Planet Money episode explores a new model that some colleges are employing to help students fund their education: Rather than taking out loans, students agree to pay a certain percentage of their income upon graduating to the school for a fixed number of years. Effectively, it's like selling stock shares—except instead of shares of a company, these are shares in their future selves.

The more a student makes upon graduating, the more the university gets back. While it might sound crazy at first, it's actually a concept with precedent: David Bowie attracted investors with a similar model, by selling future shares of royalties to investors in exchange for a larger up-front payment. 

Could this be the solution to the U.S. student debt problem? Perhaps not entirely—but it's a promising idea definitely worth exploring, and makes for a fascinating listen.

How To Pay For College? Some Students Are Selling Shares Of Their Future Incomes
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