Let's Talk Student Debt

What's the Issue

With students in more debt than ever before, every millennial knows at least one person who is struggling to pay off their student loans.

What do I Need to Know

Today, the average college graduate leaves school with $30,000 in student debt. In 2006, the total federal student debt came out to $478 billion – that number is now a shocking $1.3 trillion. Studies show that this debt is holding millennials back. It's preventing many from buying cars, homes, starting families, saving for retirement, and making other important investments in their future (not to mention investments like Netflix and burritos).

What do Millennials Think

Free Tuition

54 of Millennials agree tuition should be free at all public colleges.

Why Should I Care

Because student debt isn't going away unless we do something about it.

College tuition and student debt have only increased over the last ten years, and it's not slowing down.

Because higher education access is critical to boosting wages.

People with a college degree earn roughly $1 million more over the course of their careers.

Because student debt hurts the nation's economy.

In the long-run, this debt could hurt the nation as a whole. It's already hurting millennials' wallets and ability to save for the future.

Because some people just can't afford student debt.

As long as college tuition keeps going up and up, people will be shut out of the system -- and shut out of career options.

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What are the Candidates Saying

It's terrible that one of the only profit centers we have is student loans.

Donald Trump [R]

We will make sure the federal government and states step up to help pay the cost, so the burden doesn't fall on families alone.

Hillary Clinton [D]