Student debt and getting ahead in America

by Ryan Streeter on May 20, 2014. Follow Ryan on Twitter.

This Pew survey shows that college graduates under 40 who have student debt have less household wealth than those without student debt. That is obvious, of course, but what might be surprising is the difference between the two groups.

College graduates without student debt have seven times the household wealth as those with student debt. In addition, people under 40 who did not graduate from college and have no school debt have more household wealth than college graduates with debt:

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