Why America’s student debt is a women’s issue

Courtesy of Samantha Morgan
Samantha Morgan and her family.

About four months after graduating from college in 2016, Samantha Morgan received a letter from her student loan company that threw her into a panic. In just two short months she would need to put nearly $500 a month to pay back her student loans.

Though she felt lucky to have a partner who contributed to the family finances and supported her emotionally, her struggle with student debt felt decidedly different from her husband’s. In those months, Morgan, now 28, found her loans only compounded the challenges she faced as a new mom.

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