The respected research group Brookings Institute has released reports that cast a disturbing eye on student-loan debt -- at least on the surface. The bare stats might look more grim than the reality.
Between 1989 and today, graduate students have left school with debt that has risen from $10,000 to $40,000. At the bachelor-degree level, the debt has risen from $6,000 to $16,000. However, because of having degrees, the lifetime income of those students also has increased enough.