McGraw Fellow Susannah Snider Probes How Student Debt Straps the Parents

  • By Ellen Lai
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U.S. News & World Report published a story by Fall 2017 McGraw Fellow Susannah Snider that examines the growing number of parents who are struggling to pay back federal loans they have taken out to pay for their child’s college education.

Snider explains why the federal program PARENT Plus has come under fire from critics who describe it as predatory lending. She also probes how schools may be purposely downplaying the risks by packaging financial aid award packages in a way that misleads parents.

Since 2010, Snider has reported on a wide range of personal finance topics for U.S. News & World Report, from consumer travel to college financial aid, student loans and employment. She previously worked at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and has appeared as a personal finance expert on Fox & Friends, the Tavis Smiley Show, and Fox Business Network.