Here Are the Facts About Student Loan Debt in the LGBTQ Community
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On our series Queer Money, we hosted Student Loan Hero’s Miranda Marquit, who shared shocking statistics about student loans, student loan debt and the queer community.
First, hear the statistics and what we can do about them on this episode of Queer Money:
Now, here are some facts about student loans and student loan debt and how they affect the LGBTQ community:
1. LGBTQ people average $112,607 in student loan debt. That’s $16,000 more than the general population.
There are a few reasons for this disparity, but one unique to the queer community is that fewer of us have familial support than our straight peers.
Only 39% of respondents of Student Loan Hero’s study reported feeling “entirely accepted” by their families. Another 33% claim to have been “kicked out of their homes because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.” For many, assuming student loans equals freedom.
2. 60% of LGBTQ borrowers regret having student loans.
Many LGBTQ borrowers, 60%, regret taking out student loans, compared to 45% of borrowers in the general population.
Most students buy into the dream of earning large salaries upon graduation. Thus, they risk for the near-term hoping for a decent income and to pay off their loans in the long-term. Unfortunately, 53% of LGBTQ respondents report earning less than $50,000 annually after graduation, making it harder to pay off six figures’ worth of debt.
3. 28% of LGBTQ borrowers feel they can’t manage their student loans.
Twenty-eight percent of queer people, the same percentage as women, think their student loans are unmanageable, while 13% of straight men feel the same. Conversely, 26% of LGBTQ student loan borrowers think their loans are “very manageable.”
While the number of problems with student loans seems numerous, there are solutions to attain control of student loan debt.
But there is no simple solution to this problem. The most important thing to do is talk about this problem rather than denying it exists.
With their writing and speaking for DebtFreeGuys.com and the Queer Money™ podcast, David Auten and John Schneider help queer people live fabulously, not fabulously broke. Their goal is to connect LGBTQ people with the information and services they need so queer individuals and the community can do more and be more.
This article was originally published on June 5, 2018. It has since been updated.