Kelli Space graduated from Northeastern last year with $200,000 in debt. With 4 years of tuition, room and board, a semester abroad that doesn't seem unbelievable. She is now asking for donations at a website
I don't think her story is completely uncommon. I wonder why she chose to go to Northeastern over a state school, which would have been half the cost? Also is there a policy that could prevent people from making this choice? Finally should a policy exist?
In a behavioral sense we want to ask if Kelli exhibit awesome stupidity, or made a rational choice.
Although this paper by Rothestein and Rouse suggests it might not be that bad, if higher loans cause people to try to make more money.