A new study from the Pew Research Center finds that 57% of Americans say our higher education system fails to provide a good value for the money students and their families spend. And only 22% believe that people can afford to pay for a college education—that's less than one in four people!

Among students who leave college with debt, about half (48%) say paying off loans made it harder to pay other bills, while 25% say educational debt has made it harder to buy a home.

We examine some of these issues—and whether college is the right choice for every student—in our story Do Kids Need College?

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