It’s only noon and I’ve already seen two articles today on student debt, including this one in The Atlantic. The cost of attending premier universities like Stanford – and even lesser-known schools – is now over $50,000 a year. Without a scholarship or some other means of relief, a student loan can be a heavy burden for a young person just starting out. And student loans aren’t quite the same as other types of loans; they bring their own special risks and demands. In an era when a college degree is almost considered a birthright, how will Americans’ expectations cope with cold financial reality?