Women: Deeper and Deeper in Debt


The student debt crisis isn’t just an economic problem — it’s also a gender problem, costing women even more than men. AAUW’s new research report, Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans, finds that women hold a whopping 64 percent of all U.S. student debt, or a total of $833 billion compared to $477 billion held by men. And although a college degree generally leads to higher earnings, women with college degrees are still paid 26 percent less than men with college degrees. The result is that women shoulder student loans longer than men, with black and Hispanic women facing particular financial hardship. A college degree should open the doors to possibility, not bury students in debt.
Read the Report
Hear from the Experts
Following remarks from the report author, a panel of researchers, academics, and policy experts will discuss what the research means for women and what can be done to help solve the problem. The launch event starts at 2 p.m. ET on May 24.
Watch the Livestream
Speak Up for Women Borrowers!
Tell your elected official we need stronger policies to end the cycle of student debt.
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The Painful Burden of Student Debt
Christina planned to pay off her student loans once she became a lawyer. A generation later, her debt is still taking its toll on her — and on her children.
Read Her Story
Follow AAUW and use the hashtag #DeeperinDebt to join the conversation online.
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About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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