#5 In 2010, the average college graduate had accumulated approximately $25,000 in student loan debt by graduation day.
#6 According to the Student Loan Debt Clock, total student loan debt in the United States will surpass the 1 trillion dollar mark in early 2012.
#7 The total amount of student loan debt in the United States now exceeds the total amount of credit card debt in the United States.
#8 Over the past 25 years, the cost of college tuition has increased at an average rate that is approximately 6% higher than the general rate of inflation.
#9 Back in 1952, a full year of tuition at Harvard was only $600. Today, it is$35,568.
#10 The cost of college textbooks has tripled over the past decade.
#11 One survey found that 23 percent of all college students actually use credit cards to pay for tuition or fees.
#12 According to recent Pew Research Center polling, 75% of all Americansbelieve that college is too expensive for most Americans to afford.
#13 College has become so expensive that it is causing many college students to do desperate things in order to pay for it. For example, an increasing number of young college women are actively advertising on the Internet for “sugar daddies” who will help them pay their college bills.
#17 According to very extensive research detailed in a new book entitled “Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses”, 45 percent of all U.S. college students exhibit “no significant gains in learning” after two years in college.
#29 In the United States today, approximately 365,000 cashiers have college degrees.
#30 In the United States today, 24.5 percent of all retail salespeople have a college degree.
#31 The percentage of mail carriers with a college degree is now 4 times higher than it was back in 1970.
#32 Right now, there are 5.9 million Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 that are living with their parents.
#33 According to one recent survey, only 14 percent of all Americans that are 28 or 29 years old are optimistic about their financial futures.
#34 Record numbers of Americans are going to college, but incomes for young American adults just keep falling. Since the year 2000, incomes for U.S. households led by someone between the ages of 25 and 34 have fallen by about 12 percent after you adjust for inflation.
#35 Once they get out into the “real world”, 70% of all college graduates wish that they had spent more time preparing for the “real world” while they were still in school.