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Seventeen-year old Munir, a Pakistani immigrant who was raised and lives in Midwood, Brooklyn, is very different from his religious Muslim parents. While they pray five times a day, Munir watches television, plays videogames, and wonders about nearly everything.

With questions like "How do we know our life in not a dream?," "What if 'The Matrix' is real?." and "What if you don't really exist, but are just a figment of my imagination?" constantly rattling around in his head, Munir's story is a window into the philosophical realm of one teenager's mind.

Munir was mentored by Eric Salat.

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    Illustration by enisaksoy/Getty Images

    Illustration by enisaksoy/Getty Images

    Student loan debt in the U.S. stands at $1.3 trillion, leading many Americans to doubt whether or not college is worth it.

    In 2015, students who graduated from a public or nonprofit college had an average debt of $30,100.

    For those pursuing a college degree, 41 percent of students did not complete their degree in six years. Socioeconomics and demographics play a significant role in whether or not students complete college and those who are disproportionately likely to be behind in their student loan payments.

    How did we get to this point? What should lawmakers, lenders and colleges do to help students deal with crushing debt?

    To dig into the student debt crisis and explore new funding models, join the PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) for a Twitter chat at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 24, along with the following education experts on student debt: Ted Malone, executive director of the Purdue Division of Financial Aid (@TedMalone2); Natalia Abrams, executive director of StudentDebtCrisis.org (@debtcrisisorg); Ben Miller, senior director for postsecondary education at the Center for American Progress (@EduBenM); and Jon Marcus of The Hechinger Report (@JonMarcusBoston).

    Have questions or comments? We want to hear them. Join in the conversation at 1 p.m. EDT Aug. 24 using #NewsHourChats.

    The post Twitter chat: How do we solve the student debt crisis? appeared first on PBS NewsHour.


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    Across the country, universities are being criticized over issues of money: from how they spend their endowments, to how they raise tuition, to how they award financial aid. Many students are feeling the pinch. They’re going into debt to pay for their education, or abandoning their dreams of a college degree altogether. This week on … Continue reading Institutions of Higher Earning

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    Across the country, universities are being criticized over issues of money: from how they spend their endowments, to how they raise tuition, to how they award financial aid. Many students are feeling the pinch. They’re going into debt to pay for their education, or abandoning their dreams of a college degree altogether. This week on … Continue reading Institutions of Higher Earning (rebroadcast)

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