The latest publication from Auburn Theological Seminary's Center for the Study of Theological Education is The Gathering Storm:The Educational Debt of Theological Students. The study includes data from recent surveys of U.S. students and graduates of theological seminaries; it compares that data with the results of Auburn's 1991 study, Manna From Heaven: Theological and Rabbinical Student Debt. The new study's authors -- Anthony Ruger, Sharon L. Miller and Kim Maphis Early -- discovered that more students are borrowing, that they are borrowing more, and that some are getting into trouble.
Highlights from the study follow. Note that "debt" refers only to educational debts incurred while in theological school. Undergraduate debt is not included.
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