Most women of color are even deeper in debt (infographic)

7 Women’s Stories of Student Debt

AAUW’s 2017 research report Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans found that when it comes to student loans, women bear a disproportionate burden of student debt. Read about seven women who made the decision to invest in their futures by pursuing college degrees, but at what price. Read more »

Jaclyn at her college graduation with her sister Bethany.

Even with a Scholarship and Parents’ Help, She Faces a 25-Year Student Debt Burden

The financial burdens of young people have changed making the decision to go to college and paying for it very different today than it was a few decades ago. Read more »

Ashley took out loans to finance her education but now, can’t afford much more than the minimum payment. The balancing act of paying off her student debt and affording living expenses has actually forced her to take on additional loans. It’s a frustrating cycle.

Harassment, Low Wages, and Debt: One Nonprofit Worker’s Story

Ashley thought she was being financially savvy by going to a local community college near her home in Illinois. Ashley is one of 12 kids, and her family wasn’t in a position to foot the bill for her education. She attended class full time while working full time, split between Starbucks and a doctor’s office. She eventually transferred to Columbia College, Chicago, and graduated with her associate degree in May 2008. Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Security   |   May 24, 2017
Growing up, Curry Oglesby always knew she would go to college. Her brother was the first on her father’s side to finish college, and she was expected to do the same. “What wasn’t covered in those expectations was how I was supposed to pay for it.”

She Went to Her Dream School, but Student Debt Turned It into a Nightmare

Growing up, Curry Oglesby always knew she would go to college. Her brother was the first on her father’s side to finish college, and she was expected to do the same. “What wasn’t covered in those expectations was how I was supposed to pay for it.” Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Security   |   May 24, 2017
Fear of student loan debt made Valerie sacrifice her dreams

Fear of Student Debt Made Me Sacrifice My Dreams: One Cop’s Story

Valerie knew she wanted to go to college to achieve her academic dreams, but the threat of student loan debt was just too great. Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Security   |   May 19, 2017
The main quad, also called "The Yard," is Howard University’s symbolic heart and center of campus life.

Making Sacrifices for Student Debt: One Lawyer’s Story

There are a wealth of myths surrounding student debt loans and their repayment. For example, many students who pursue law degrees do so with the belief that the careers they […] Read more »

Blog   |   Economic Security   |   May 17, 2017
89% of campuses disclosed zero reported incidents of rape. What's wrong with this picture.

89 Percent of Colleges Reported Zero Incidents of Rape in 2015

Newly updated data required by the Clery Act indicate that the annual statistics collected by colleges and universities still do not tell the full story of sexual violence on campus. Read more »

AAUW Responds to News of Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at Department of Education

AAUW has repeatedly said personnel is policy. It is our hope that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and President Donald Trump will demonstrate the seriousness with which they regard the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) when they nominate a permanent assistant secretary for civil rights who moves through the Senate confirmation process. Read more »

2017 AAUW Alumnae Recognition Awardee Tererai Trent, Ph.D.

The Power of Education

Her world was transformed by education, and now Tererai Trent, Ph.D., is bringing that right to girls in Zimbabwe. Read more »

Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans research report cover

Women’s Student Debt Crisis in the United States

Student loan debt is now a $1.3-trillion problem burdening 44 million borrowers. Experts are talking about the effects of student debt on the economy, but they aren’t talking about its disproportionate effects on women. Read more »

Research   |   Education & Training   |   April 12, 2017