Wellesley College English professor Yoon Lee teaches a class on the rise of the novel. Tovia Smith/NPR hide caption

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Gan Golan of Los Angeles, dressed as the "Master of Degrees," holds a ball and chain representing his college loan debt during Occupy D.C. activities in Washington. Average in-state tuition and fees at four-year public colleges rose an additional $631 this fall, or 8.3 percent, compared with a year ago. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Smoke rises as fires burn out of control near Vermont Street in Los Angeles on April 30, 1992. Riots erupted after L.A. police officers were acquitted in the beating of black motorist Rodney King. Paul Sakuma/AP hide caption

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About 7 out of 10 students borrow money to pay for college. Here, a Stanford University student walks through the campus in Palo Alto, Calif. Paul Sakuma/AP hide caption

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