Student loan debt stands at $1.7 trillion in 2021. About 69% of undergraduates borrowed student loans in 2019 and graduated with an average debt of $30,062. This includes both federal and private student loans. Parents are also not left behind.
As per data reported to US News, the college graduates from the class of 2019 borrowed about $30,062 on average. It is about $6,300 more than what the class of 2009 borrowers took out. It is an increase of about 26% in 10 years. The class of 2020 has graduated with about $30,120 in student loan debt.
A more shocking fact is that the student loan debt at graduation has increased about 76% compared to the class of 2020.
Student loan debt's growth rate is more than the inflation rate, which is about 41% in the last ten years.
As per educationdate.org, if you compare since 2003, the national student debt balance has increased by 602.5%.
|States||% Of population with student loans||Average student loan balance (in $)|
Top 10 states with a maximum average student loan debt balance
Top 10 states with the maximum percentage of people with student loan debt
The graph shows the percentage of student loan debt divided among people of various age groups.
Age-wise graphical representation of student loan debt
Here is a chart showing the names of the top 10 schools where the students graduated in 2019 with the highest amount of debt.
|Name of school and state||Type of school||Average student loan debt||Percentage of students who took out a loan|
|Maine Maritime Academy, Maine||Public||56,897||95%|
|University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit||Private||55.097||66%|
|Alabama State University, Alabama||Public||54,177||89%|
|Bryant University, Rhode Island||Private||53,350||65%|
|Carthage College, Wisconsin||Private||52,809||82%|
|University of New England, Maine||Private||52,073||87%|
|National University, California||Private||50,166||71%|
|Nazareth College, New York||Private||49,827||88%|
|Drexel University, Pennsylvania||Private||49,541||67%|
|Mills College, California||Private||49,333||72%|
We can infer from the above data that the students graduating from private institutions bear a much higher student debt load.
Below is a chart showing the total student loan debt distributed as per loan types:
|Loan Type||Debt amount in billions||Borrowers in the millions|
The pandemic situation is not the sole reason for the rising student loan debt crisis in 2021. Student debt had become a crisis even before COVID-19. According to the Wall Street Journal, about 1,400 student loan borrowers defaulted every day before the pandemic situation, with an average of about $34,000 student debt.
Private student loans constitute about 8.4%, and federal student loans include about 92.6% of the outstanding student loan debt.
A funding cut by the Education Department forced student loan servicers to reduce staff in the fourth quarter of 2020. In December 2020, the companies said they were not equipped to handle large numbers of calls if the 30 million student loan borrowers, whose payments were excused, were informed to begin paying again in February 2021.
Student loan forbearance until September 30, 2021.
About one-third of federal student loan borrowers can get some relief if Biden cancels $10,000 in federal student loans per borrower.
Student loan forbearance is not a permanent solution to eliminate debt, especially if your debt amount is high. Again, if you have private student loans, there is no respite.
So, what should you do? Well, you can repay the debt as much as you can during the forbearance period and avoid paying the interest.
As mentioned, the federal government has paused interest payments until September 2021. So, you do not have to pay interest. The principal amount will also go down fast. This will help you get out of student loan debt faster. Consider this forbearance period as a golden opportunity to become debt-free as soon as possible.
To pay off the remaining debt amount, or if you require further help like budgeting or debt counseling, you can call (800)-530-OVLG.
Student loan debt cancelation due to fraudulent activities.
The Biden administration will forgive the debts of students who colleges misled. If students can show that colleges have deceived them regarding loan or education services, they may receive total loan discharges.