Thursday, September 27, 2012
The number of households that owe student loan debt has more than doubled in the past two decades to 19%, about one in five homes. Among households headed by someone 35 years or younger, 40% of those homes now owe student loan debt. These are among the findings of a new Pew Research Center study released yesterday which is excerpted below. The study found a significant spike in student loan debt since 2007 most likely tied to tanking the economy as many sought refuge by borrowing money to pursue degrees. Because the study only tracks through 2010, it may be that the numbers have climbed even higher in the intervening years.
and a significant rise from the 15% that owed such debt in 2007, just prior to the onset of the Great Recession, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of newly available government data.
The Pew Research analysis also finds that a record 40% of all households headed by someone younger than age 35 owe such debt, by far the highest share among any age group.
It also finds that, whether computed as a share of household income or assets, the relative burden of student loan debt is greatest for households in the bottom fifth of the income spectrum, even though members of such households are less likely than those in other groups to attend college in the first place.
Since 2007 the incidence of student debt has increased in nearly every demographic and economic category, as has the size of that debt.
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