Every week we wade through a ton of stories full of bad news about college costs and student debt. With educational debt having outpaced consumer debt a few years ago, the news that 7 million students will likely see the interest rates on federal subsidized loans double in July, coupled with the revelation that one third of millenials regret going to college, I have to wonder if student debt is becoming a gendered issue.
A few years ago, everyone got very excited about the fact that women were attending and graduating from four year colleges in greater numbers than men. The Great Recession hit, and talk turned to the difficulty that college grads were having finding jobs that would pay a living wage (curiously at odds with thegrowing number of jobs that require college degrees).
The more I read about the student debt crisis, the more surprised I find myself that there isn’t a specific focus on who bears the majority of that student debt — the women who are outpacing their male contemporaries in enrolling and earning college degrees. If there are greater numbers of female students than male, doesn’t it follow that if the trend continues, the bulk of student debt will be sitting on women’s shoulders?