Happy Birthday, America’s $1 trillion dollar student debt problem

Student debt has been a $1 trillion problem for at least six years.

Six years ago today, on April 25, 2012, activists took to the streets to mark the country’s outstanding student loan debt surpassing $1 trillion. And in the years since, many of the trends that pushed student debt levels to climb have persisted and in some cases gotten worse.

Focusing on the $1 trillion mark is somewhat “arbitrary,” given that it doesn’t change the debt burdens individuals are managing every day, said Mark Huelsman, a senior policy analyst at Demos, a left-leaning think tank. (Outstanding student debt reached $1 trillion during the second quarter of 2012, according to the Federal Reserve, which includes April).

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