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Student Loans Arizona – Scholarslip: A documentary about the student debt crisis

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Determined to speak up about America’s crumbling higher education system, three students at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism rallied the voices of an indebted generation. The trio of aspiring journalists—Alex Lancial, Tara Molina and Jake Stein— produced a documentary entitled “Scholarslip”. The 26-minute production examines the student debt crisis in the United States and delves into issues local to Arizona. Illustrated through the voices of student debtors as well as university and government policymakers, “Scholarslip” explores five critical issues: increasing costs of tuition; deteriorating quality of higher education; diminishing value of a college degree in the job market; student dependence on state and federal financial assistance; and the effects on personal lives and aspirations. Lancial, Molina and Stein entered and documented the lives of three university students, each experiencing different personal and financial struggles yet sharing a common desire to pursue a college degree. Also featured are testimonies from John Kavanaugh, a representative in the Arizona legislature; Kent Hopkins, the Vice Provost of Enrollment at Arizona State University; and Natalia Abrams, a co-founder of Student Debt Crisis and Occupy Colleges. “Scholarslip” presents a generation under siege, challenging a seemingly out-of-control system that is sending millions into interminable debt.

Alex Lancial: Director of Photography, Graphics Editor, Assistant Editor, Videographer, Assistant Producer
Tara Molina: Producer, Assistant Director, Assistant Editor, Videographer
Jake Stein: Director, Editor, Videographer, Assistant Producer

Contact: jat3productions@gmail.com

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  1. Jack Noahsamen
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Gonna be honest, more then half or more are working as a high schooler jobs with college degree and it sad.

  2. Jarod Armstrong
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    I bet 10 to 1 that at least 90% of the people in this video have bought a car that costs the balance of their loans since this was made

  3. Mike David
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Great video!

  4. Lisa Lemay
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Student loan debt should NEVER be forgiven. Why? Because most people opt out of college because they can’t afford it. Those who take out the loans and get their education should PAY FOR IT PERIOD. I don’t want to hear about how it’s unfair to not be able to declare bankruptcy. Too bad. You CHOSE to go to college. Other debt is sometimes unavoidable like death and sickness and car accidents and loss of jobs, medical bills. College does not fall into these categories. It was a choice. PAY IT BACK and quit complaining. These young people want everything because the ‘feel’ they should get it. And every day she thinks about money. Welcome to the real world! If I hear ‘I feel like’ from some college kid one more time I’m going to snap. You don’t get what you ‘feel’. Life is about to hit these people hard! Why didn’t someone tell me? Blah blah blah. Use your head and find out info for yourself! Ridiculous

  5. Michelle Sanders
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Omg what a terrible father!

  6. Hank Tomas
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    If you don't mind work in blue collar work you can make a decent living. high school diploma i was making 72k no overtime, with OT 100k easy. 401 pay by the company i didn't have pay a penny into my retirement. I retire at age 57 it been 2 yr. Now 59 get my Social Security at 62 plus my 401 looking good. Not marry, no kids, plenty of toys.

  7. Jason Cease
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    I have an expensive education, and I want to thank the US Navy for paying it.

  8. Math is not for the faint of heart
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Me asking 12th grader: "Where are you going to College?" Answer: "Ivy League". Me: But you know that the first 2 years of an undergrad can be done at a community college?" Answer: "What no! I am not going to such a College, that's where dumb0's go to, I am going where my friends go". Spoken by a person who graduates with an insane amount of debt and a worthless psychology degree of some sort. As it turns out, most folks who take the 2 year community college route and then transfer to a good 2 year state school, get decent jobs and pay off their loans within 5 years.

  9. ___________
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    pointers for kids to see:
    – unless you're going into STEM, college isn't worth it (unless you want to go into research then choose whatever subject)
    – degree + AT LEAST one internship = jobs
    – make your CV stand out with projects or skills that the market actually wants from you
    – college isnt a place to study what you're passionate about, the market doesn't pay you for loving something

  10. Eric Zombrow
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Unless you attend college for a S.T.E.M subject or Law to be a Lawyer College is NOT worth it.

  11. paul gates
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    one of the downsides of social media is this belief that if you shout loud enough, you must be right. Whilst i sympathise with these college students in the belief that i feel all education should and could be made free for everyone, the fact remains that it isn’t. It is not your parents, the college institution, your teacher or federal govt’s fault that you signed bits of paper committing yourself to decades of debt, it is yours. A gun was not held to your head. I do not care if you were 18 at the time, even the most basic of future planning should tell you your likely salary, job prospects and debt forecast before you start. If you fail to heed the warnings then that is on you. No-one else. To start bitching now is frankly too late and makes you look like a tit. If you are the kind of person who after graduating with a $40k+ debt starts holding up dollar amounts with a sad face for youtube documentaries, then you probably should not have gone to college in the first place. To finally have figured out that federal govt is NOT your friend after you owe them $40k+ is shameful. Governments have been sending kids off to die for hundreds of years, you think they give a crap about your dumbass student loan? No. The reasons you can apply for bankruptcy for a house or car, and not student loans is that they know people will pull out all the stops before they default. No-one wants to lose their house. You cannot allow a trillion dollars of teenage student debt to slide as the likelyhood is these students would never then even attempt to pay them. The burden would then fall on the taxpayer and this would be unfair as the tax payer would not have a choice, unlike these students who chose to accept this debt. No govt could afford this and why should they. Its YOUR problem.
    Its depressing and I for one am sick of listening to this drivel. Just because you moan does not mean younare right.

  12. Peter MacLauren
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Make it legal to declare bankruptcy on student loans. Then these greedy colleges will be forced to lower the inflated tuition and only give out loans to people who will be able to actually pay them back. Problem solved.

  13. Edwin Nochebuena
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    stop whining and looking at life as a single lane road with one final destination…

  14. todd austin
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Good documentary! I count my blessings my wife and I paid our loans off years ago.

  15. A Font
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Yup, that is why chose the elevator trade. Free schooling, 150k a year salary. All the benefits I need for me and my family. The worst part of this is that students are succeeding more at being sjw's than what they majored in. They can't take away my education is what they say, yeah well they won't give you a job for that education either.

  16. Corentin Couvertier
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    exceptional documentary… Gerardo & Abbey are true modern warriors.. current higher education model needs to be changed

  17. Matthew Kopp
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    In 1986 Congress took away the infancy defense from student loans. Infancy defense states that certain people are too young to understand the contract so therefore the contract is null and void.

    We have created a system where teachers, high school counselors, parents, college recruiters and even politicians all pressure seventeen year olds to make a major financial decision without understanding the contract or consequences.

    Then Congress chipped away at the bankruptcy rights and consumer protections. And also changed the terms of the loans without the consent of the borrower which is illegal in all other loan contracts.

    Banks and schools worked together to scam students to take out more.

    The entire system is not merely immoral it has been completely corrupt for over 30 years.

    There have been lawsuits on multiple issues but they are difficult to file and then you have people like Betsy Devos who ignore the court orders.

    We should stop blaming the borrowers admit that it's a failed system, end it immediately, and cancel student debt and create a fair system.

  18. Magdalena St.
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    I wouldn't recommend going to college straight away after high school because most 18 year olds do not know what they want to do. Take a gap year or two or if you have no other choice but to attend college, just go to community college first and transfer later to an in-state public university.

  19. Death Larsen
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    The blonde bimbo can make money escorting that'll pay more than any college degree

  20. 1984a
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    The problem is these unchanging market realities:

    Increased demand = increased price
    Increased supply = decreased wage

    There is nothing you can do to artificially change these mathematical facts.

  21. TheTron08
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    This seems to be what happens when schools only focus on increasing revenue with outcomes be damned.

  22. Roma Patterson
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    You all see a video about systemic crisis of student debt (which not many other modern countries have to the same extent) and your reaction is “oh everyone should just become an engineer.” Not everyone is suited for the “handful of degrees”, society needs other jobs to be done, and those degrees that are so lucrative are already heading towards saturation. You all are so short sighted and judgmental jfc

  23. S.M. S
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Poor Single Cases,shit happens.

  24. Thomas Kolter
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    The Internet the greatest source of knowledge ever known to man and access is far cheaper than college.

  25. Jamal X
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    College is the best kind of scam because it's completely legal.

  26. Tristan Rodenhauser
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Annual salaries have not rise to match rising costs of goods, services or those loans

  27. Tristan Rodenhauser
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    States decided to reduce tax support for universities
    It flipped from 70 state support/30 student costs to now most of the $ burden is directly on the student this coincides with the rise in FAFSA & private loans

    Then students start demanding more services from uni’s – health care, counseling, luxury apts and gyms in addition to other top facilities

    Campuses changed to meet demand

    I don’t feel bad for ppls debt loads – so many poor choices – who complains about cost of school but doesn’t work while doing classes? A community college would be better for some borrowers.

    I went to school we’re kids acted like those loans were fun money, luxury apts, nice cars, eating out daily, parties, trips, shopping an funny enough folks were graduating closer to 6 yrs than in 4. Their personal expenses were more than tuition.

    No debt forgiveness without looking at people’s spending habits in depth like bankruptcy court.

  28. Derrell Price
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    What a dumb ass I was when I went to college. It took mr 11/2 years longer to graduate from college but I owed not a dime. Why did I do such a stupid thing? Why did I not accumulate $10,000.00 in debt (went to school in the sixties). Well the number one reason is
    I never incurred a debt I did not pay back. Obama started this stupid practice of establish lending to any student that could walk in a straight line. Now billion of dollars will not be paid back and I among millions of other tax payers will have to pay the debt.
    Just how stupid can the federal government get? How stupid can congressional members get?
    Damn stupid in my opinion.
    My only saving grace is that I am 79 years old won’t have to tolerate this stupidly much longer. I would not under no circumstance take any action to protect congressperson save a few. I say go straight to hell to all those nitwits without a brain who are leading this country to down the road to perdition. Thank you worthless unintelligent twits.

  29. E KL
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Who the fuck chooses their partner over their child? What kind of ego maniacal person makes their partner choose between them and their child? Absolutely disgraceful.

  30. Sam
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    I'm almost 20-years-old, I've been out of high school for practically a year now, and I'm SO glad I've decided to skip college. I'm doing better and learning a lot more from my skillshare classes compared to how much I would ever learn at there, and this way I won't be in a shit ton of debt…

  31. Alex Sturm
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    The American dream, you have to be asleep to believe in it.

  32. Kat Neo
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    "They can't take away my education " men in black show up "Bet"

  33. richard ramfire
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    The problem is many employers are now requiring degrees for entry level positions. It’s crazy. Especially when you consider some of their predecessors only had high school.

  34. Brad
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    These people need to not chose shitty majors. College is an investment. If you chose something that you’re good at and it’s in demand, you will do well. If you chose something stupid and worthless, don’t be shocked. Also don’t ask for a bailout. Pay it back yourself.

  35. Akaji Blubb
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    why are they allowig this? student loan crisis is like dynamite for the future of america. you simply do not play with the education system. improve it. in germany the amount you can get into debt is fixed to 10 grand. was a bitch to pay back. cant even imagine 50 grand of debt as such age.

  36. SuperChief5
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Eight years after this video, Nobody wants to hear you need to save up and pay cash for college, or go to a cheaper college. Nobody

  37. The Maestro
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Alicia's father is a SIMP. Chose a woman over his OWN daughter.

  38. Derrell Price
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    How stupid I was paying my way through college graduating debt free. I wish I could have borrowed the money and failed to pay the loan off. Just kidding. The college administrators are crooks to the core abusing students for their gain. I would not under any Circumstances support any college, public or private, because of the stupidly of the pricing. President Obama was a fool for causing the loans to be so easy to get yet so hard to payoff. What pain Obama has caused. He is a dump ass.

    When my daughter graduated from Carolina she owed nothing. Growing up in the third world country of MS, I had enough sense to manage my money and time. Life is simple, people complicate life to the core. Suffer in silence!

  39. raquel
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Don't give up if you are low-income. I graduated with honors and without student loans by being very frugal and working two to three jobs while in college. I also broke down many times and I felt like I wasn't going to make it but I focused on one week at a time.

  40. Kanat Mukatov
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    so, eight years gone, what's new? do we have some changes? excluding student debt increasing

  41. Rajdeep Singh
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    college should be cheaper and affordable no loans or debt.

  42. Daniel Doo
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Attractive blonde female: " There are people who are in worse situations than I am "

    ..Are you referring to the homeless ?

    Or beggars or something?

    YOU ARE SO RIGHT ABOUT THAT BABY..

  43. Daniel Doo
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    A disease that is TREATABLE but not CURABLE….

    Does that mean, that person will eventually die prematurely regardless of the nature of the medical treatment they receive ( assuming they are high class, the wealthy )

  44. Daniel Doo
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    That brunette female, she's quite attractive, gorgeous face, she could probably look into modeling, some large modeling companies in the U.S.

    She could get lucky, earn big $$$$$$$$$ and pay all of it back, ..

  45. Ms. Franklin
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    I paid off a Student Loan back in 1995 and it was a blessing.

  46. su seekins
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    my college is making me watch this video for a discussion post…. as if i needed more reasons to consider leaving and pursuing a field I can self-educate and intern for

  47. de Stuffilator
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    7:02
    "..a kid who doesn't have a job…"
    Well, GET ONE. I did. Rotating shifts, for 3 1/2 years. Don't be a pussy.

  48. DD B
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    if someone would have told me NO don't do this, you're going to be messed up for the rest of your life. Just take a normal job, work hard, get your promotions and just be happy with how you are NOT what you want to become, I would be in a much better place then the looming $5,365.00 a month in which Navient reminds me daily of.

  49. SpaceWalkTraveller
    July 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Yes and the Boomers have left us all a better world.