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
Community Member
2 years ago

Capitalism in a nutshell

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jamie1707
Community Member
2 years ago

I feel so bad for these young men and women. It's not fucking fair! Starting your life with that much debt must be soul crushing. I feel so bad because when I finished grad school, I had $213 in my checking account and the only debt I had was to the electric company for $13. I wish there was something I could do for these kids.

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spirit wolf
Community Member
2 years ago

Exactly!!

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SAF saf
Community Member
2 years ago

This should be criminal, I don't understand why the politicians can't meet us half way on this. Why can't student loans be zero to super low interest rates. You pay back the $250k and call it settled (which is still alot' of money btw).

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
2 years ago

The problem in a nutshell.

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Maci Mae
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm fourteen, and I really want to be a special education teacher when I'm an adult, which requires college. I want to have a job that I love, but I can't imagine being that much in debt. Any time I bring it up to an adult, I'm told that I'll "figure it out" or that "I shouldn't be worrying about that yet". But considering the situation my country is in, I probably should have started saving for college two years ago :(

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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Leo Domitrix
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm Gen X. We hae ALL inherited the debts racked up by Boomers and the gutless politicians catering to them. They didn't pay it forward. They loaned it forward, with compound interest....

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Peg Walton
Community Member
2 years ago

As a retired professor, I strongly agree with this statement. It is terribly broken, from pre-K up to PhD. The American education system is completely broken.

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Kaisu
Community Member
2 years ago

That's really fucked up, a 17-yo isn't mature enough to take such a huge loan and to understand the ramifications a loan like that has on your life. In my county you could never get that much student loan

Rinpai
Community Member
2 years ago

I am pretty certain the implication was that in those three months they had turned 18 and likely graduated. Happens when your birthday is around july or august.

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Sainsbur Jarvis
Community Member
2 years ago

One good thing. You haven't got a Limp Bizkit tattoo.

Care
Community Member
2 years ago

I'd much rather have a tattoo than all that freaking debt!

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Vilkas
Community Member
2 years ago

They did you a favour on that Limp Bizkit tat though.

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
2 years ago

For real.

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Valerie Anne
Community Member
2 years ago

I completely agree with the absurdity of the situation, but you really should thank that tattoo shop for not letting you get that Limp Bizkit tattoo

Kurt Mitchell
Community Member
2 years ago

You'd have to be pretty stupid to go to art school.......

Craig Lee
Community Member
2 years ago

And for $119k no less. This is half the problem, people going to school to get useless degrees. You could easily pick up a trade and make far more money in a field with far less competition.

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Ufuk Toraman
Community Member
2 years ago

At least he doesn't have a limp bizkit tattoo

Max L.
Community Member
2 years ago

and without approval

Eveline de Jongh
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

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

knittin' kitten
Community Member
2 years ago

I was just listening to them yesterday and feeling really old.

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Boston Johnny
Community Member
2 years ago

Ya and the reason you could get the tattoo was because you clearly where to immature, hence a degree in art. You need to get a degree in something you can make money at.

Benji Rayphand
Community Member
2 years ago

I bet you're glad you didn't get that Lame Bizkit tat though.

Raun Ferriot
Community Member
2 years ago

That was by far the dumbest major you could have choose

Thomas Wiese
Community Member
2 years ago

You would have been a lot better off with the Limp Bizkit tattoo than the art degree. It would have made you more employable.

Billy Beecham
Community Member
2 years ago

Maybe you should demand they repo the education instead of demanding paper. Too bad you couldn't put that art degree to use and just make your own currency, huh?

Cindy Snow
Community Member
2 years ago

But th I they were right about the tattoo...

Mike Parr
Community Member
2 years ago

The problem is with the colleges! They have added layers of administration, not education. It far surpasses increases in medical costs!

Ultrawoman
Community Member
2 years ago

And the parents didn't blink over that.

Terry T.
Community Member
2 years ago

Sounds like you dodged a bullet there....

Eric Goodhart
Community Member
2 years ago

I have been advocating for years that we should be teaching financial literacy starting in the 7th grade through high school. Here are two former college graduates that have learned how many works and it is being able to live below your means until you can live debt free! https://smartcollegeplanning.org/the-age-old-question/students-set-for-life-with-no-student-loans/

Shannon Nicole
Community Member
2 years ago

Yup but they can pick up an assault rifle and go to war. 🤷‍♀️

Jackie Schneider
Community Member
2 years ago

And for Art school! Why would they give you a loan for Art School? NOt trying to be mean, it's just that well, how are you going to make any real money?

Raun Ferriot
Community Member
2 years ago

Art school was probably the worst major you could have chosen. Especially a major that wasn’t going to get you rich either

Pam Sturgeon
Community Member
2 years ago

Further proof that you didn't have any idea of how to handle money. You are more interested in getting a tatoo than in getting your education. You expected mommy and daddy to pay, but when they told you they couldn't afford it, you had to borrow. That is the way a grown up's life works.

V.R. Craft
Community Member
2 years ago

It shouldn't cost $119,000 to go to art school or any college.

Danny Pross
Community Member
2 years ago

.. which is great because what our society needs is more infantile, tearful tantrum throwing tattooed "artists".

Sonya Jersey
Community Member
2 years ago

omg...in romania you pay almost 1500 $ per year to go to art school, but if you're one of the best, you go for free

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
2 years ago

What is the ad for?

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Rue Granger
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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Peg Walton
Community Member
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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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Jeff Christensen
Community Member
2 years ago

In Australia university was free until 1988, but now it is paid for by Government loans - but repaymemts don't start until your income is over a certain threshold. If you never reach that threshold, you never repay the debt.

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ƒιѕн
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh yeah, good old Navient.

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Pamela24
Community Member
2 years 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
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years ago

120k is like solitary confinement

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

What in the entire fuck. The pettiness. Pettiness of this level can only come from the mega rich.

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Jenny Lee
Community Member
2 years ago

That is a rare accomplishment.

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Monica Michelle
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2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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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Ivo H
Community Member
2 years ago

It's terryfing that someone has reason to write "i did a terrible thing" because he studied for a job he wanted to do. Not everyone likes to be doctor/lawyer/whatever just to pay off his or hers loans.

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Missy Barton
Community Member
2 years ago

I officially paid off my student loans four years ago. Want to know how? My husband died.

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Cassie
Community Member
2 years ago

If your payments are income based, your (compounded) interest will continue to accrue, which means your loan amount will be more when it's forgiven than when it was initiated. The government could have saved money by just paying for the tuition in the first place.

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guy greej
Community Member
2 years 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
2 years ago

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

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