School is back in session. Along with their books and class schedules, college students will be carrying a lot of debt with them. Total outstanding student debt in the U.S. has reached an all-time high of nearly $1.5 trillion. Does the high price of an elite university education pay off? Education journalist and author Paul Tough tells Soledad the answer is absolutely: Yes!

Related Videos

  • The “American Dream” Under Threat. Does Higher Education Need a Change?

    January 18, 2020

    The “American Dream” Under Threat. Does Higher Education Need a Change?

    January 18, 2020

    The American Dream is the rests on the idea that each generation will do better than the...

    Watch now
  • Nearly Half of U.S. College Students Don’t Get Enough To Eat

    December 1, 2018

    Nearly Half of U.S. College Students Don’t Get Enough To Eat

    December 1, 2018

    Here’s a shocking statistic: nearly half of all U.S. college students don’t get enough to ...

    Watch now
  • Women Coaches Receive Half as Much as Male Counterparts

    March 17, 2018

    Women Coaches Receive Half as Much as Male Counterparts

    March 17, 2018

    Today, women coach just 40 percent of women’s college athletic teams. According to NCAA St...

    Watch now
  • The Price of Tuition Versus the Cost of Education

    April 16, 2017

    The Price of Tuition Versus the Cost of Education

    April 16, 2017

    This week New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill creating free tuition for stud...

    Watch now
  • Extended Interview with Dr. Belinda Miles

    April 15, 2017

    Extended Interview with Dr. Belinda Miles

    April 15, 2017

    This week New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill creating free tuition for stud...

    Watch now
  • Rapper Leads Financial Literacy Session for Kids

    October 8, 2016

    Rapper Leads Financial Literacy Session for Kids

    October 8, 2016

    Rapper Dee-1’s song, “Sallie Mae Back” went viral earlier this year, connecting with thous...

    Watch now
  • Moms team up to fight ‘lunch shaming’

    July 27, 2019

    Moms team up to fight ‘lunch shaming’

    July 27, 2019

    A Pennsylvania school district made headlines when it threatened children could be sent to...

    Watch now
  • Meet the first woman and first African-American Librarian of Congress

    April 6, 2019

    Meet the first woman and first African-American Librarian of Congress

    April 6, 2019

    Soledad O’Brien chats with Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden. She’s the first woman and ...

    Watch now

Latest

  • We’re Seeing an Economic Boom; But a “Boom” For Whom?

    February 15, 2020

    We’re Seeing an Economic Boom; But a “Boom” For Whom?

    February 15, 2020

    The United States is on track to record its first $1 trillion deficit since 2012...

  • 2020 Census: How Millions Could be Seriously Undercounted

    February 15, 2020

    2020 Census: How Millions Could be Seriously Undercounted

    February 15, 2020

    In 2018, Trump administration fought to add a citizenship question to the 2020 C...

  • Vertical Harvest: How A Farm Provides Upward Mobility for People with Disabilities

    February 15, 2020

    Vertical Harvest: How A Farm Provides Upward Mobility for People with Disabilities

    February 15, 2020

    In Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a town centered around its tourism industry, 78 percen...

  • Is It Time to Change the Electoral College?

    February 8, 2020

    Is It Time to Change the Electoral College?

    February 8, 2020

    After the 2016 election, many Americans criticized the electoral college which h...

  • Fight to Vote: How Thousands of Voters Are Being Kept Away from the NH Primary

    February 8, 2020

    Fight to Vote: How Thousands of Voters Are Being Kept Away from the NH Primary

    February 8, 2020

    Following the chaotic caucus in Iowa, all eyes now turning to New Hampshire for ...

  • Should Iowa Be the First in the Nation? The Power in Holding the First Caucus

    February 1, 2020

    Should Iowa Be the First in the Nation? The Power in Holding the First Caucus

    February 1, 2020

    Iowans are getting ready to head to caucus centers on February 3rd making them t...

  • The New Space Race Giving a Boost to the Space Coast

    February 1, 2020

    The New Space Race Giving a Boost to the Space Coast

    February 1, 2020

    A new space race is breathing new life into the space coast. When NASA retired t...

  • Florida’s I-4: The Highway That Picks Presidents

    February 1, 2020

    Florida’s I-4: The Highway That Picks Presidents

    February 1, 2020

    Florida, the biggest battleground state, is something of a political conundrum c...

  • Vertical Harvest: How A Farm Provides Upward Mobility for People with Disabilities

    February 15, 2020

    Vertical Harvest: How A Farm Provides Upward Mobility for People with Disabilities

    February 15, 2020

    In Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a town centered around its tourism industry, 78 percen...

  • Fight to Vote: How Thousands of Voters Are Being Kept Away from the NH Primary

    February 8, 2020

    Fight to Vote: How Thousands of Voters Are Being Kept Away from the NH Primary

    February 8, 2020

    Following the chaotic caucus in Iowa, all eyes now turning to New Hampshire for ...

  • The New Space Race Giving a Boost to the Space Coast

    February 1, 2020

    The New Space Race Giving a Boost to the Space Coast

    February 1, 2020

    A new space race is breathing new life into the space coast. When NASA retired t...

  • Puerto Ricans Are Fleeing to Florida. What Does That Mean for 2020?

    February 1, 2020

    Puerto Ricans Are Fleeing to Florida. What Does That Mean for 2020?

    February 1, 2020

    Thousands of Puerto Ricans are fleeing the island after suffering a series of da...

  • Will Limiting Food Stamp Access Motivate People or Just Remove Benefits?

    January 25, 2020

    Will Limiting Food Stamp Access Motivate People or Just Remove Benefits?

    January 25, 2020

    Ronald MacIntyre is one of hundreds of thousands of Americans set to lose access...

  • The “American Dream” Under Threat. Does Higher Education Need a Change?

    January 18, 2020

    The “American Dream” Under Threat. Does Higher Education Need a Change?

    January 18, 2020

    The American Dream is the rests on the idea that each generation will do bette...

  • Seeds of Change: How urban farming is helping erase food deserts

    December 14, 2019

    Seeds of Change: How urban farming is helping erase food deserts

    December 14, 2019

    Eleven percent of Washington, DC is considered a food desert. Those are neighbor...

  • Cuba’s Travel Troubles: Travel restrictions taking a toll on the island

    November 23, 2019

    Cuba’s Travel Troubles: Travel restrictions taking a toll on the island

    November 23, 2019

    Soledad travels to Havana, Cuba for a special report on how the island is coping...

  • February 8, 2020

    February 15, 2020

    February 8, 2020

    February 15, 2020

    This week on Matter of Fact, all eyes turn now to New Hampshire for the first pr...

  • February 1, 2020

    February 8, 2020

    February 1, 2020

    February 8, 2020

    This week on Matter of Fact is in Florida on the latest stop of the listening to...

  • January 25, 2020

    February 1, 2020

    January 25, 2020

    February 1, 2020

    This week on Matter of Fact, correspondent Jessica Gomez travels to Pennsylvania...

  • January 18, 2020

    January 24, 2020

    January 18, 2020

    January 24, 2020

    This week on Matter of Fact, Soledad O’Brien visits Stony Brook University to lo...

  • December 14, 2019

    December 21, 2019

    December 14, 2019

    December 21, 2019

  • December 7, 2019

    December 14, 2019

    December 7, 2019

    December 14, 2019

  • November 23, 2019

    November 30, 2019

    November 23, 2019

    November 30, 2019

  • November 16, 2019

    November 23, 2019

    November 16, 2019

    November 23, 2019

    This week on Matter of Fact, Soledad O’Brien takes a look at a neighborhood...