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 4 weeks ago

Capitalism in a nutshell

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jamie1707 4 weeks 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 4 weeks ago

Exactly!!

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SAF saf 3 weeks 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 3 weeks ago

The problem in a nutshell.

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Maci Mae 3 weeks 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 4 weeks ago

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

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Leo Domitrix 4 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 4 weeks 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

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Mewton’s Third Paw 3 weeks ago

What is the ad for?

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Rue Granger 4 weeks ago

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

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C 4 weeks ago

Well lets start with not paying senators like you 200k a year?

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Panda Kicki 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks ago

Oh yeah, good old Navient.

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Pamela24 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks ago

120k is like solitary confinement

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C 4 weeks ago

LMAO what is the difference???

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Jenny Lee 4 weeks ago

That is a rare accomplishment.

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Monica Michelle 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 3 weeks ago

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

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Cassie 3 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks ago

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

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