Counseling Concepts and Applications for Student Affairs Professionals (CNS 577)


This video pamphlet collection, Understanding Issues Related to Today’s College Student, was compiled and produced by graduate students enrolled in CNS577 (Counseling Concepts and Applications for Student Affairs Professionals; Spring 2010). The videos are designed to bring awareness, propose implications, and offer helpful advice regarding a variety of issues that could impact the emotional, physical and mental well-being of today’s college student.
These videos cover an array of topics that will give you a sense of the many challenges facing life as a college student today. Our hope is that these videos can serve as a practical resource for college-bound high school students, current college students, parents and guardians, concerned friends, higher education professionals and others who desire information to provide awareness and offer assistance to those in need.
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Student debt has become largely something that is accepted in our society. The availability of student loans--as well as the ease of obtaining credit for everyday expenses--has actually made college more accessible for more people. However, the rising cost of college has, at the same time, ensured that the debt burden associated with a higher education is also higher. Taking out student loans and wisely using credit cards can help students get through college. It is important to only take out what is needed and to work out a plan for paying the money back as soon as possible.
According to Nellie Mae, the average amount of credit card debt held by college graduates is $2,700 (May 2005). USA Today (February 2006) reports that the average college graduate owes about $19,000 in student loan debt. The total average debt, then, for college graduates is about $21,700. Student debt is rapidly becoming a fact of life.


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College Debt.wmv