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A research project investigating financial, workforce, and geospatial behavior of young adults with student debt
2020-2021

Unceasing Debt, Disparate Burdens: Student Debt and Young America


Overview

Since the Great Recession, outstanding student loan debt in the United States has increased by 122% in 2019 dollars, reaching the staggering sum of $1.66 trillion in June of this year. Student loan debt has grown faster than other debt types, including auto, credit card and mortgage debt. For many, education is the only pathway towards good employment with benefits, leading to economic and social opportunities later in life. But as college becomes more unaffordable with each passing year, student loans are bridging the ever-expanding chasm between college savings and obtaining an education. The crisis has reached the national political arena, with policymakers recently calling for debt cancellation up to $50,000 for federal borrowers.

View the full post on the Phenomenal World here.

View the interactive map here.

View the press release here.

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