Higher education is meant to get you ahead of the competition. But if you study in the US and have to pay tens of thousands of dollars for it, in a way, the diploma also sets you back. While the country remains the world's most popular destination for international students, it's also among the most expensive choices. However, the locals have a pretty hard time paying for it too.

A few days ago, American Twitter user Wee-Yum shared a screenshot of their student debt: $82,649.35. "This is my student loan amount," they wrote. "I don't stress because it ain't ever getting paid off." In order to find solace, Wee-Yum asked others to share their numbers as well.

Since this has been such a hot public topic, it didn't take long before the tweet went viral. Generating over 93.4K likes, it has received plenty of replies with staggering dollar amounts. Sadly, you can feel that some of the people who shared them seem pretty hopeless about it.

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Viz
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2 months ago

Every step forward you take you go two steps back. So: don't pay it off and it will disappear!! ...I think.

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The data on the topic is becoming difficult to comprehend: the total amount of outstanding student loans reached an all-time high in 2020—$1.6 trillion. Based on the current rate of growth, this number can reach $2 trillion by 2024.

About 43% of Americans who went to college took on some form of debt in order to get through their studies. However, when it comes to today's students, the situation is even worse. Roughly 54% of them need to borrow money to cover their educational costs.

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2 months ago

I already pay taxes, why would I pay even more taxes?

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Most of this debt is carried by younger adults. Borrowers between the ages of 25 and 34 carried roughly $498 billion in federal student loan debt as of the second quarter of 2019. Adults ages 35-49 carried even more debt, with student loan balances totaling $558 billion. Meanwhile, those who are 50-61 owe about $230 billion in student loans.

Kelley Marie, one of the people who contributed to the thread, was already a mom when she took her student loan. "I knew I needed to do better for myself, for [my kids'] sake as well as mine. I simply could not afford college on my own, so it was a risk that I simply decided to take," she told Bored Panda.

Her total debt at graduation was about $65k. "I have both federal loans and private loans," Kelley said. "When I first graduated the payment was undoable, something like $750+ so I deferred my federal loans and ended up on interest on for my private ones. It piled up for the first several years (my first job out of school only paid about $30k) and at that time I was a single mom to two kids."

The program Kelley wanted was a private university and there wasn't another one in the area where she lived. "I want to say that maybe I would have chosen another field, but that really sucks to be stuck in that situation. I don't know how I could have worked more (I freelanced during college) between full-time classes and being a mother. But that being said, my older girls are now 18 and 16, and I am pushing them to take out as few loans as possible. Me drowning in my own loans kept me from saving for their education. But I can help them navigate the system in a way my parents did not. Searching for jobs that offer grants, and comparing schools."

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Sabse
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2 months ago

Um.... Wait! You have to pay this much for studying? Your country is crazy!

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Another Twitter user who shared the details on their situation was @LBoogie5. They said they wanted to complete their dream of going to and finishing college and also didn't have a way to pay for out of state tuition.

"I took about $80K in federal loans and $50k in private. With compounding daily interest the amount owed ballooned to $195K," they said. "I have since paid off the higher interest (12%) private loans ($70k in total) and some of the federal loans, leaving me with $103K left."

If they were to go back and do it all over again, @LBoogie5 said they would not take out the private loans as they don't have much payment flexibility.

Izeek Onigbiinday said they didn't really think about it when they were applying for their student loan. "I was more focused on school and making sure I had enough money to be able to pay for my classes," Izeek explained.

"I went to a private out of state school so it was pretty expensive, about $40-50k per semester, plus having to borrow to cover my fourth year since it was all rotations which required living in different states and getting an apartment which all had to come out of pocket on top tuition."

"If I could do it again I would borrow [too] just because the reward of my career now is worth it," Izeek said. "As a pharmacist, I make enough to pay for my loans and not have to paycheck-to-paycheck and I am grateful for that. The only thing I would probably change is deciding to go to medical school, only because I would have the opportunity to specialize and make even more money."

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Viz
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2 months ago

That's an outstanding interest lol

NJM
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2 months ago

Thank God education is free in Finland...

birdie asf
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2 months ago

hang on let me move my broke college student self to finland

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DogMom
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2 months ago

That’s more than what I have left in my mortgage. Good heavens

WilvanderHeijden
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2 months ago (edited)

How can you owe 50K in outstanding interest when the average interest rate is 0%? Trump never paid that much on interest on his multi million dollar loans.

Niffler_13
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2 months ago

Most student loans have a 5.5% rate. It continues to accumulate. I'm on a income based repayment plan. The amount I pay each month doesn't even cover the interest my loan gains each month.

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Cynthia McDonald
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2 months ago

I'd give up! just F**** it! move to Europe, live in hostels out of a back pack...

Farid Red
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2 months ago

with that fees, they better teach you how to make 1mil in 1 minutes.

Josh Jay
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2 months ago

yup I took out 150k owe 250k now have defaulted wage garnished. what they take dose not even cover half the interest. It will never get paid off, the entire thing is symbolic and punitive at this point.

Wilson Pickett
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2 months ago

Who borrows 260,000 dollars for school? For a 4 year school that's over 60,000 per year.

Sarra R
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2 months ago

Medical. Law.

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Freya Fluharty
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2 months ago

These numbers are obscene.

beautiful plumage
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2 months ago

did you study to become a neuroscientist/lawyer/engineer/astronaut with undergrad at columbia, masters at chicago, and phd at harvey mudd?

Uncle Jay
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2 months ago

WHAT. THE. ACTUAL. F**K.

Sagtiya Sieelan
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2 months ago

😱

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2 months ago

WTF did you major in that costs over quarter mil? If you majored in liberal arts, that's your fault. If you're an orthopedic surgeon now...you'll pay that off in 8 months. But you probably majored in journalism of gender studies...."I'll have fries with that!"

Tabitha L
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2 months ago

US American here. This number seems insane. Why would someone knowingly borrow this much money for school? There are many less expensive options. It seems irresponsible to take on this much debt. I could have gone to a more expensive private school. But even at 17, I realized that getting a full scholarship to a state school made more sense than spending $30,000 per year at private school. (This was 20 years ago, the private school is now $65,000 per year.) Let the downvotes begin......

Niffler_13
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2 months ago

They probably got their MD or DVM. The average medical student or veterinary student has roughly $200k in student loans upon graduation.

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For Scott Quenette, another person whose tweet you can see in the thread, a student loan was the only way to go to college so he took it on as a necessary evil. "[My] loan total is around $150k, including interest," Scott told Bored Panda. "I've paid $18k so far and it's all been interest so I just assume I'll be paying it forever. It's all federal so it's manageable. Just an annoying bill every month."

If he were to go back in time and plan his higher education all over again under the same circumstances, however, Scott would probably make the same decisions. "I might try a few things differently so I could actually pay it off but at this point, it's not breaking me."

"My overall point has not been 'get me off the hook for this' but that I could be putting that money into the economy, this is an economic stimulus more than anything," he said.

Yes, the sheer size of student debt weighs not only on the millions of people who owe it but is a burden on the U.S. economy as well. About 92% of student loan debt is backed by the U.S. government, making it a huge political issue.

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Cynthia McDonald
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2 months ago

oh dang! that doesn't say a lot about return on your investment!! :(

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Depressed_Trash
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2 months ago

👁️👄👁️ oh

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Viz
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2 months ago

I'm pretty sure the Lord doesn't believe in the power of money.

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Michelle Orwin
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2 months ago

What is this based on?!

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Reena Kartau
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2 months ago

Rice and beans, beans and rice

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infinite upvote
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2 months ago

They're not wrong

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JessG
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2 months ago

None of us will

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konnarw1
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2 months ago

wow...i am glad i am not in college yet but soon I might be taking some college classes(i am 13 and in 8th grade lol)

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2 months ago

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You are a Moron

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Eira
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2 months ago

The system needs to change.

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Viz
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2 months ago

Is it outstanding?

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Amber Larson
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2 months ago

Dang, that's a mortgage

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A.M. Pierre
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2 months ago

I'm curious where she lives that 60k isn't enough to live on. New York or San Francisco maybe? Or maybe I just live in an area with a way lower cost of living than everywhere else and didn't realize it.

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Tabitha L
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2 months ago

This is awful. This person was scammed, and did not receive qualifications. They should not have to pay.

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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2 months ago

People who always have to one up each other on the dumbest shït

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Cynthia McDonald
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2 months ago

I would fight that to my dying last breath!!

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I want cake
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2 months ago

Bloody hell, if I had to pay that out of my monthly wages I'd have nothing left after all my bills were paid. I mean literally nothing. And I have a decent job as well.

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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If Biden forgives $10k, I still don’t think I’ll bother to pay the remaining $1k I would owe. Why would I? It really doesn’t matter.

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David Retsler
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2 months ago

THIS! Be a student your entire life. Put all of your earnings into an irrevocable trust so when you die the money passes to someone other than these pieces of shirt banks.

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Amber Larson
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2 months ago

What's up with the 2022 due date. Where can I get one of those

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Bama Belle
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2 months ago

Wow, good to know.

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David Retsler
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2 months ago

If you're expecting a CONgress that only gave $1200 one time to help people with COVID to do anything to help you, you are going to be GREATLY disappointed. They couldn't care less about you if they tried.

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