Launching out of YC, Blair is aiming to reshape the financing of college tuition
It’s generally agreed that Higher Education in the United States has gradually become more and more unaffordable. Students are dependent on external financial resources for which many of them do not even qualify. Students that are able to secure a loan, often have to take on debts they can’t really afford. And if they don’t eventually land a job with enough income, they are saddled with debt for a very long time.
Much of the problem is that most student loan companies are not concerned with the overall financial well-being of their students, who often feel stuck, trying to repay a loan they cannot afford, without a backup organization that will help them figure it all out. We can see that in the figures. The student loan debt in the US has just reached $1.6 trillion dollars and more than quadrupled in the last 15 years.
With the student debt crisis getting out of hand, the topic has become a semi-permanent issue in the news.
Launching next week is a new startup under the Ycombinator accelerator called Blair which aims to address this seemingly intractable problem.
Blair finances college students through what’s called “Income Share Agreements” (ISA). Students receive funding