Student loan debt has increased eight-fold among Americans aged 60-64 over the last decade. Moms, dads and even grandparents are shouldering more of these debts. From 2005 to 2015, the amount of student loan debt held by those ages 60-64 has increased from $4.85 billion to $38.35 billion.
For those aged 55-59, the increase is about five-fold, from $13.9 billion to $65.47 billion. Many seniors are having trouble paying these loans off or making payments at all: 12.6% of debt held by 60- to 64-year-olds was in default at the end of 2015, a higher default rate than anyone under 40.
To make matters worse, the Trump administration is not shaping up to be particularly friendly towards people struggling to pay off these debts. Most recently, education secretary, Betsy DeVos, scrapped an Obama-era plan to streamline the government’s system for servicing student loans. And just this week, an education budget obtained by the Washington Post revealed a proposal to end a student loan-forgiveness program for public servants, creating uncertainty for some 400,000 borrowers.
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