We are Melissa Korn and Andrea Fuller, reporters who have written at length about student debt, Ask Us Anything!
We are Melissa Korn and Andrea Fuller, Wall Street Journal reporters who have written at length about student debt. We recently published The WSJ Guide to Student Loans, an in-depth resource for prospective undergraduates and graduate students, as well as parents and existing borrowers. The guide shows which programs leave students with high debt loads compared with their pay, which ones offer borrowers a good bang for their buck, and how to find crucial data to help inform what could be the most expensive decision of your life.
Last year, we worked on a series of articles exploring how elite universities are hidden culprits in fueling the student debt crisis. Together, we wrote about how no-limit federal student loans available for graduate students and parents have become a revenue stream for wealthy schools like Columbia University and New York University Additional articles in the series explored how practices at University of Southern California, Baylor University, and other schools left graduate students and parents with loans they couldn't repay.
Andrea joined WSJ in 2014 as a data reporter on the investigations team. She has written about higher education, nonprofits, and tech companies, among many other topics. Melissa has been with WSJ since 2011, and since 2014 has covered higher education for the U.S. News team. She is co-author, with WSJ's Jennifer Levitz, of UNACCEPTABLE: Privilege, Deceit ＆ the Making of the College Admissions Scandal (2020).
UPDATE: We're going to step away now (1pm ET), our fingers need a break from answering these many many wonderful questions. We'll check back in a bit later this afternoon to try to get to a few more. Thanks for joining!!