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Student Loan Debt Has Ballooned Since 1990 (Corrected)

By Rebecca Leber  

"Student Loan Debt Has Ballooned Since 1990 (Corrected)"

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Many of the faces of Occupy Wall Street and the blog “We Are the 99 Percent” are former students saddled with huge college debt. These individual stories and public protests have made the nation take notice, including President Obama who announced a plan that would lower some debtors’ monthly payments. The following graphic shows how student loan debt has skyrocketed over the last 21 years, topping $1 trillion in unpaid debt:

Update

The graphic originally included with this post, from Occupy Posters, misleadingly had linear dimensions to scale, so that the bubble areas were not in correct proportions. The graphic has been replaced.

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