This strikes me as a rather disturbing idea. During a speech in Iowa covering student debt, school choice and teacher accountability, Gov. Chris Christie put forth a rather, um, unique idea
… income share agreements, which allow students to essentially issue stock in themselves. It allows people to invest in college students, or to “own human capital contracts,” which means that an investor could pay a portion of the student’s tuition to attend college in exchange for that student giving the investor a certain percentage of their income for so many years.I have seen it suggested that this could result in something akin to indentured servitude. Howsoever you look at it, the implementation seems like it would be problematic. To me it looks like someone using their imagination in an imaginative way. I cannot see such a concept solving any of our education woes or reining in the cost of higher learning, all I can see is a sort of fractional slave trade on the stock exchange.