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Women in Numbers: The Student Loan Debt Pandemic

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With the hold on student loan repayment coming to an end in January 2022, where does the nation stand?

By Cy White, Illustrations by Jessica Wetterer

$1.73 million

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According to a report published by Melanie Hanson for educationdata.org, the total dollar amount of student loan debt in the United States equals $1.73 million. Several million of those loans are private loans, which are ineligible for protection under the CARES Act.

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8.28%

During the COVID-19 pandemic, student loan debt balances nationwide increased by 8.28%

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$929 billion

Women on average carry a higher amount of student loan debt than men. They hold $929 billion in student loan debt, 58% of all student loan debt in the United States.

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12 years

According to another report by Melanie Hanson, Black women have the highest average amount of debt, and after 12 years of repaying their student loans they owe an average of 13% more than what they borrowed.

3.2 million

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there were 3.2 million new student loan borrowers. Coupled with a spike in unemployment because of business closures, mass layoffs, etc., this contributed to the largest increase in the total student loan debt balance since 2013.

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