Gender Disparities in Student Loan Debt

Student loan debt affects certain demographic groups differently. In particular, women hold more student loan debt than men, in part because they are more likely to enroll in college and more likely to borrow. They also experience wage differences that make it more difficult for them to pay off their student loans.

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