A large segment of the Occupy Wall Street movement was college students complaining about student loan debt.
Recent graduate Rose Swidden told CNBC in Zucotti Park last fall that she would leave college after studying agriculture with a debt of $35,000.
"We did what we were told to do: go to college, get an education, you'll get a job, you'll get a house," Swidden said. "That's what we did and now what?"
Swidden is not alone. The unemployment rate for 20- to 24-year-olds with college degrees is about 12 percent, nearly 4 percent higher than the national average.
The Wall Street Journal reports that "over the past two decades, the price of tuition has risen 20 times as fast as the average college grad's wages."
As a result, students have taken on more loans. Student debt has now reached $1 trillion. The average student now leaves college owing over $27,000 in loans, according to FinAid.org.
On one level, Swidden and others like her may not be entirely sympathetic figures.
Adults are expected to make rational decisions and understand the consequences of their actions. And you don't have to attend an expensive private university to be successful.
In fact, Bloomberg News finds that while it may matter where you go to school, what you study can often have a bigger impact.
For example, Bloomberg reports that "Harvard University's graduates are earning less than those from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology."
The South Dakota grads this year received a median salary of $56,500 while the median salary for Harvard grads was $54,100, even though Harvard's tuition is about four times higher.