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Soaring College Costs Prompt Concern From Students, Economists

Washington's Republicans and Democrats are haggling over how to finance higher education, including details like the interest rates that students pay for loans. Recent graduates, who are burdened with an average of $26,000 in loans, are watching the debate closely. But some economists say the real issue is controlling the soaring cost of college at a time when post-secondary schooling is crucial to getting a good job and a middle class salary. Experts tell VOA's Jim Randle that these high costs are hurting the whole economy, not just students and their families.