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IWPR/AARP: The Gender/Race Gap in Student Loans

December 14, 2015

A new study from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and the AARP reinforces other research findings that women bear the brunt of the student-loan burden, with women of all races holding student debts that totaled at least 80% of their income one year after graduation.

African-American women carry the greatest debt, with an average student debt load totaling 111% of their income—meaning that even if the average African-American woman was able to devote her entire income in the first year after college graduation to paying off her student loans, she still wouldn’t be out of debt.

For more information, check out MarketWatch’s article about the study.