Women with a bachelor’s degree who work full time make 26% less than their male counterparts on average. Because of this, it takes women two years longer than men to pay back loans, on average. (AAUW Fast Facts: The Gender Pay Gap)
Black women hold the highest amount of student loan debt of any racial or gender group. AAUW reports that one year after graduation, Black women owe $10K more than other women borrowers.
One-third of women say that more than one-fourth of their monthly income goes toward student loan debt payments. (Student Debt Crisis Survey).
Over their lifetime
TW: Student survivors of sexual assault drop out of school at a rate of 34% (Violence Victimization on a College Campus). For survivors, the economic cost of rape is around $120K over their lifetime on top of student loan debt. (The Journalist’s Resource)
of trans adults
Student loan debt is a gender issue that significantly impacts trans people, with over half (51.0%) of transgender adults carrying federal student loans (Federal Student Loan Debt Among LGBTQ People).
Conversations around student loan debt often carry stigma, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Women across the nation bravely shared their student loan debt stories with USOW.
These stories highlight structural barriers that make it difficult for women, especially women of color, to pay off their student loans. Borrowers need to know they are not alone. Each story helps build solidarity and reduce stigma.
AAUW’s Deeper in Debt: Women & Student Loans Report
- A broad overview of how student debt became a women’s issue.
Student Debt Crisis Center’s Student Loan Debt Help Clinic
- A video covering student loan basics, affordable repayment plans, loan forgiveness options, and what to do if you cannot afford your payments.
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