What we have here is a failure to communicate.
It has been six years since Ms. Fitzgerald — broke, unemployed and in default on the $18,000 in loans she took out for Jenni’s college education — became a boomerang mom, moving into her daughter’s townhouse apartment in Hingham, Mass.
“It’s not easy,” Ms. Fitzgerald said. “Jenni feels the guilt and I feel the burden.”
“I don’t really feel guilt, but I do know that this is all because of a loan taken out on my behalf,” said Jenni, who has a different last name and agreed to be interviewed only if it would not be disclosed.
How sharper than a serpent’s tooth…
PS: OK, yes, that was somewhat unkind of me. At least Jenni is letting her mom live with her. But if you read the NYT, it quickly becomes clear that you’re supposed to feel bad for the parents and kids who are stuck in this situation… but NOT the schools that pretty much connived at putting them there. You want less heartbreak coming from student loans? Fine. Make them dischargeable by bankruptcy and put the schools at least partially on the hook for for default. I guarantee you that THAT bit of negative feedback will do wonders for getting spiraling educational costs down, and in an amazingly short period of time, too.