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The second edition of a survey which measures how college inputs affect outputs later in life focuses on whether college costs change a person’s life.

The Gallup-Purdue Index asked 30,000 college graduates this year whether they thought what they paid for school was worth it.

WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski sat down with Gallup’s education polling head Brandon Busteed to talk about how he designs the survey, and how Purdue officials -- some of whom want to push back against student loans -- affect what questions are asked.

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Even though the average American student racks up $35,000 in college loan debt, the vast majority believe it’s worth it.

That’s the key finding among the 30,000 college grads polled in this year’s Gallup-Purdue Index.

More than three of every four grads agree or strongly agree their college’s cost did not outstrip the value of a diploma later in life.

Brandon Busteed, who lead’s Gallup’s education polling, says he’s surprised only 50-percent strongly agree with that.