Neither major party offered a credible plan to reduce the student-debt burden.
I have an excellent plan to reduce student debt burden. Don't borrow money you can't afford to pay back. If you have to borrow money to go to college, then go to a college you can afford (like UNCC or App State). If you do decide to borrow a 160 grand to go to Wake or Duke, make sure you major in something that will allow you to repay the debt in a reasonable amount of time. Don't borrow a 160 grand to go to an expensive school to take political science or french literature.
Do your first two years in community college in a program that transfers to a 4 year college. Get a part time job in the summer to help defray the cost of college. Don't use the money for cell phones or a car. Take the bus. Buy your clothes at Walmart instead of the gap. Do as much as you can to save money for college. I realize that poor kids are less able to do these things, but most of the current college debt comes from middle class kids.