The student debt crisis has become one of the hot platform topics for candidates on the 2020 election circuit, but for the people it affects it is more than a campaign strategy. Tuition and fees at public and private schools rose at roughly three times the rate of inflation between 2007 and 2018, according to a College Board survey. Borrowers currently owe more than $1.5 trillion in student loans, an average of $34,000 per person.

The list below is a collection of tweets from people explaining how the U.S debt crisis evolved to this point or sharing their stories on how student debt has impacted their lives since graduating - and they may shock you or be sadly relatable.

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

Capitalism in a nutshell

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tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I totally understand. We started with nothing, but you are starting in a huge hole. Universities have priced themselves out. They are too expensive. We should offer more apprenticeship programs so you either pay nothing or get paid while learning your job.

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spirit wolf
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1 year ago

Exactly!!

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Vivek Mhatre
Community Member
1 year ago

Can someone explain the calculation here? We do take home loans in India, but the "amount owed to bank" keeps decreasing, not increasing.

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William Teach
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1 year ago

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Which is a very interesting concept, since universities are mostly run and staffed by people who vote Democrat and teach kids to vote and think Democrat. And Obamacare created a virtual takeover of the student loan system by the federal government.

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Grumble O'Pug
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1 year ago

This should be higher. It should incite a riot. Americans are too busy getting stoned and watching Game of Thrones.

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 year ago

What kind of crazy interest rates are being charged on these loans?!

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Link
Community Member
1 year ago

Why are they mad at them for avocados? Is it because they're taking all the good ones?

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 year ago

very true

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Eveline de Jongh
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

The important question: are you happy they didn't let you get the tattoo?

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
1 year ago

What is the ad for?

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Rue Granger
Community Member
1 year ago

Can’t even start to believe the blame is being put on the victims...

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Peg Walton
Community Member
1 year ago

Must be nice to be one of the lucky ones. I went to college after raising my children and still ended up with $40,000+ in loans. Now my salary isn't enough to live and pay loans. Their "programs" do not help. Wish I had never gone to college. My Masters is worthless.

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Panda Kicki
Community Member
1 year ago

As a swede with mostly free schools and low cost state loans to cover other expenses it is so horrifying to read all these tragedies :'(

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Pamela24
Community Member
1 year ago

You should stop spoiling yourself and demanding luxuries. If you don't have the money to eat, just don't. It's as simple as that. *sarcasm - just to make sure*

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jamesmcwhirty
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1 year ago (edited)

but at least you have guns. I can see why.

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ƒιѕн
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh yeah, good old Navient.

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Pamela24
Community Member
1 year ago

I just can't understand why AT LEAST the loans couldn't be without interest. I believe that is how the UK has it (correct me if I'm wrong, please).

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Ahmad Pujianto
Community Member
1 year ago

Just wow.. I only pay 25 USD each month during 4 year of college.. Then (because I work while studying) another 50 USD each year for 2 year of extention.. Totally I spend around 20 Million IDR (around 1.500 USD) till graduate.. #asian

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Candice Lewis
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1 year ago

With interest it could become that much and the sucky thing is our children will probably be responsible for some of it

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Chloe Thompson - Lewis
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1 year ago

120k is like solitary confinement

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Russell Pisciotta
Community Member
1 year ago

The difference is reimbursement of inventory, must be well known around there or they'd have offered an explanation. The printer counts the paper usage, so if you take paper out before it's been 'printed' they lose track of how much paper is needed.

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Jenny Lee
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1 year ago

That is a rare accomplishment.

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Monica Michelle
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1 year ago

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There are 2 types of people who are wronged those that say never again to noone else and those who stop progress because it does not help them personally

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Belinda Matson
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1 year ago

OMFG I'm surprised boomers aren't being slaughtered en masse in the USA. Pro Tip: Start with the politicians...

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Gary
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1 year ago

This persons life has been destroyed before they've even started, add to this no free healthcare or ineffective health insurance financially and physically crippling people. How can people say this is the best country in the World?

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
1 year ago

In another country maybe.

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ACE
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1 year ago

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Dude, you got off easy. When I went to school, there was no income based repayment plan. Don’t qualify now for loan forgiveness, bc I earn too much.

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guy greej
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1 year ago

From malawi a third world country. Paid of my university degree debt in 1 month after getting a job.

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 year ago

That's supposed to be a joke, right? She didn't pay it off, her mother basically did!

Bryce Lynch
Community Member
1 year ago

People really do think that way.

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Panda Kicki
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, anyone had a rich mother fixing good jobs, free condo and grandparents who gives you free lodgings. How silly of me not to think about that! Please tell me this is from the Onion...

Lisa Shelton
Community Member
1 year ago

Sure, all you have to do is have a family member give you a house/condo to rent out while you live with other family members without paying rent. It's easy!

Hard 2 Guess
Community Member
1 year ago

Don't forget about family member who give you a well paying job.

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SAF saf
Community Member
1 year ago

The condo alone must have been worth $100k. So the point is you need to have well off parent it seems.

Bob Beltcher
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah I hate articles like these. There was one with a similar head line and the guy lived in a retro 70s van that had a stove for three years. Others show couples that somehow get high paying jobs right out of college and they decide to live in a small apartment. The overall issue is that these people either lived like hobos or came from wealth and that's how they did it.

Christopher Marx
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm always leaning towards the "they came from wealth, but their parents didn't want to hand them everything right off the bat" aspect with stories like this.

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Cathy Kolanowski
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1 year ago

Wait a minute...she finishes college, snags a good paying job right away from her MOTHER, and gets to live rent free in basically first the MOTHER’S house, then her condo, with a husband who is most likely employed therefore bringing in money, they move someplace and rent the condo for more than they pay to live elsewhere. So this gal has THREE incomes to draw from to make her payments. Of course she could pay off the loan! Duh!

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 year ago

This makes me puke.

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
1 year ago

Idk why or who keeps downvoting you. I’m still mad at you for cussing me out for defending people for what style they choose to wear, like six months ago lol. But right is right and all of your comments on this topic are good comments.

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Elizabeth
Community Member
1 year ago

I wonder who bought her groceries during this time? It's great that she was able to stop contributing to the household so she could pay off her debts, but this isn't possible for most people.

Juliana Kessler
Community Member
1 year ago

The fact that she had enough money in the family to pay off her loans is not the problem. She got what everyone should have, regardless of socio-economic class - an education she could afford. The problem is that she is ignorant of the fact that nearly all other Americans cannot do what she did, so saying "anyone could do it!" is a slap in the face.

Richard
Community Member
1 year ago

LOL, yeah cause everyone can just get a job at their mother's company, and rent out a condo that their mother buys them. GTFO of here.

Scott Hutchins
Community Member
1 year ago

I have an English degree. It offends me that she got paid to write this while I have an unmonetized blog about my homeless experience with 170 followers. In order to monetize your WordPress, you have to pay them $30 a month, which is obviously a liability I could never cover from the hits.

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Chris Richards
Community Member
1 year ago

Don't you just hate a smug bastard. Your mother paid so be truthful and honest about how lucky you are.

Kimberly Young
Community Member
1 year ago

I laugh to keep from crying.

athornedrose
Community Member
1 year ago

easy to pay loans when you pay almost no living expenses

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
1 year ago

How did she pay off her student loans? Three words: luck, luck, luck.

Dani
Community Member
1 year ago

She was born into an incredibly wealthy and able family. Because of that she was able to secure a quick job, had a home handed to her, and had another easy and free place to live at her will and call.

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Trash Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

Sooooo, this young lady had an incredible support system that essentially allowed her to pay her debt. I don't fault her for being able to rely on others for support but she didn't do this alone. Many people, probably most, don't have anything like her support system they can rely on.

Andrew Eckerberg
Community Member
1 year ago

at least not a support system with those kinds of moneybags.

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Mama Panda
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1 year ago

Horton forgot to mention the crack she is selling on the side!

Stina Kolling
Community Member
1 year ago

Easy peasy! Have your mom give you a job and your family give you TWO houses! Anyone can do it!

Mona Wheeler
Community Member
1 year ago

i dont make $220k in 3 years...

V.R. Craft
Community Member
1 year ago

"How to Get Your Parents to Pay Off Your Student Loans" would be a better headline.

Rick Jewell
Community Member
1 year ago

Well hell if someone gave me a free house I could be debt free too!!!

Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

This is selectively edited. Go look at the real article. Yeah they had a giant helping hand from mom, but the apartment was only $13k. People are probably thinking it's some $200k thing. Not everybody has a parent who can help out with even a dime, and that "anybody can" needs a slap upside the head, but the article itself isn't nearly as bad as this post makes it out to be.

Diane Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

Her mother runs the non-profit. Her mother gave them a condo. They were able to move in with her grandparents... Are you kidding me?! I wish my mother could do all that for me too.

Pippa Runs
Community Member
1 year ago

Wtf.

Samantha Hurrell
Community Member
1 month ago

So she believes anyone can just afford to buy their children a condo for a present?

Anthony Botros
Community Member
1 year ago

Original balance $42,500 (2008). Balance due today $51,187. Amount paid so far $43,275. In my entire working life, I’ve never gone more than a month without a job. I’ve faithfully paid my loans since 2008. I’m now a high school teacher with a never ending #studentloan debt. How do I conscionably encourage my students to pursue college, knowing that the #studentdebt crisis is as bad as it is? Can a #millionaire or #billionaire bail me out? If we can bail out banks and #wallstreet, why can’t we help out young men and women across the country suffering from the predatory lending and crippling debt. Oh and the kicker....my college told me I had to get private loans so there is no forgiveness. Ever. Can the government help? #privateloans #salliemaeteam #salliemae #navient

Betsy Buckmaster
Community Member
1 year ago

So, you just need a rich parent to give you a place to live, move i with your grandparents for free and then use your rental income from your free condo to pay off your student loan. Why didn't I think of that?

Raquel Ruppert
Community Member
1 year ago

Her mother and her grandmother both paid for her student loan and her life. As well as her husband's.

Ashley Blanco
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah thats bs. MOST ppl cant do this.

Scott Hutchins
Community Member
1 year ago

Anybody can get their mom to buy them a condo? My last grandparent died before I finished high school.

Gina Fawkes
Community Member
1 year ago

That is f*cking infuriating...

Scott Hutchins
Community Member
1 year ago

The fact that she presumably got paid to write it is even more infuriating. The most I ever got for writing was $175 for this, and right-wing nut jobs seem to think it's an Onion story: http://www.hopesandfears.com/hopes/city/city/168899-homeless-essay

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Lisa Critz
Community Member
1 year ago

That does NOT count. I call bullshit.

Rob Madden
Community Member
1 year ago

Why would you do this when you can just vote for a Democrat and wipe the slate clean?

Sharon Ingram
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow.

Mona Wheeler
Community Member
1 year ago

i dont make $220K in 3 years

Boston Johnny
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1 year ago

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I got my first degree in 1984 was 10K in the hole paid it all off by 1992. Got my second degree in 2006 went 10K in the hole. Paid it off by 2009 and I'm Dyslexic so what the hell is wrong with you guys. Oh wait I bet none of you worked full time while going to school and lived off you student loans. I might have done that but I had 3 kids and a wife so it wasn't an option.

Scott Hutchins
Community Member
1 year ago

I wasn't able to get much work while I was earning a master's degree (and couldn't get decent work with my bachelor's)--only ones who would talk to me were temp services, and they barely let me have anything, then I got criticized for supposedly choosing temporary over permanent work when the realty was choosing temporary work over no work.

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Christopher Brown
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1 year ago

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I've taken nearly $60k for my undergrad and grad and have paid all my (minimum) payments on time and my experience is nothing like what I read on all these sites. The federal student loan interest rate is far less than any unsecured loan rate, or that of a car loan. Yet people don't think twice about running out to get a car and pay $500 + a month on something that will depreciate before it is paid off. An education is LIFETIME investment in you, your family and your earning potential. All that said, if you can't afford or don't want tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt go part time for year and pay cash, or attend a less expensive school close to home so you don't have extra housing, etc. expenses. Again, I call BS on these people saying they've been paying for years and still owe more than they borrowed. Either your weren't always paying on time or you got private/unsecured student loans with astronomical interest rates.

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
1 year ago

I mean hindsight is 20/20. They were kids, they didn’t know. I paid a lot of tuition as I went and I still have 10k in debt even after attending my early years in community college. It’s okay to admit the system sucks. If people even have a way to get that deep in debt, something is wrong.

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