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80% Think Lower Tuition Costs Would Help Students More Than Easier Loan Access

Most Americans believe the availability of student loans has helped push up the cost of going to college and that lowering those tuitions would do more for students than granting easier access to loans. 

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of American Adults now think the availability of student loans has helped increase college tuition costs. That's up four points from 48% last April.  Just 17% disagree, but a sizable 31% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Eighty percent (80%) believe lower tuition costs would help students more than easier access to student loans. Only 14% think easier access to loans would help more.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on January 18-19, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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