'Scholarslip': A Documentary on the Student Debt Crisis | The Nation



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'Scholarslip': A Documentary on the Student Debt Crisis

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 twenty-six-minute documentary examining the student debt crisis in the United States with a focus on local issues specific to Arizona.

Narrated by student debtors, 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 documented the lives of three university students, each experiencing different, yet broadly representative, personal and financial struggles, all 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.

Check out studentdebtcrisis.org for info on how you can help redress the crisis.

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