Try this at home: Are campus debit-card agreements deepening student debt?

With the annual cost of getting an education topping $18,000 last year at a four-year public college — and more than $40,000 at a private school — inquisitive journalists are the best "consumer protection" cash-strapped students have.Here's a consumer-protection story begging to be localized by college media...On Feb.

TRANSPARENCY TUESDAY: Mining the courthouse to explain the human impact of college student loan debt

As a combined result of the difficult job market and the crushing expense of student loan debt, many thousands of recent graduates are experiencing an unwelcome "reunion" with their colleges -- in court.The enormity of how much students owe is well-documented.