Download the One-Pager on Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans

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Women hold almost two-thirds of the United States’ $1.31 trillion of outstanding student loan debt. How did our country get here — and how do we talk about it? Share this one-pager with your community to increase awareness of women’s struggle with student loan debt and kick-start grassroots movements to change the landscape for women looking to attain a college education.

This one-page overview explains how student loan debt has a disproportionate impact on women, especially black and Hispanic women. Starting at the root of the problem, the summary walks through how rising cost of college attendance is not keeping up with average income; explains how the gender and racial pay gaps set women up for increased difficulty in paying back student loans after college; why women — especially black and Hispanic women — take longer to pay off their student loan debt; and what individuals, institutions, and the government can do to lighten the burden.