10 Facts on African-Americans and Student Loan Debt

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  • One Out of Five Owe Student Debt
  • Debt Rises as More Black Students Enroll in College
  • Black Bachelors Degree Holders Have High Debt
  • Income for Black Students Does Not Change Disparities
  • Average Student Loan for Blacks: $30,000
  • Household Run By 35 and Under Have Most Debt
  • Shared Debt is Increasing
  • Student Debt Is a Quarter of Income for Those Earning Least
  • Ability to Pay Off Student Debt Has Decreased
  • Lots of Black Undergrads With Debt

Debt Rises as More Black Students Enroll in College

There has been a 108.5 percent jump in African-American male enrollment, according to recent data analyzed by Ivory A. Toldson, Ph.D., of Howard University. Enrollment for African-American women is 24 percent higher than African-American men, according to research by the UNCF College Fund. By fall 2010, 21.0 million students were pursuing college, a 15 percent increase. (Photo: GettyImages) 

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