Student loans: more than half of Americans will not be able to pay in September


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Americans in federal student debt recently got another reprieve when President Joe Biden extended the moratorium on student loan payments until August 31 to help borrowers “breathe a little easier.” Even with the extra time, however, the majority of those with student debt still don’t think they’ll be able to pay the loans when payments resume on September 1, according to a new survey from GOBankingRates.

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The poll of 503 Americans aged 18 and older, conducted in early April, found that 59.5% of respondents answered “no” when asked if they would be able to pay their student loans on March 1. September 2022. Only 28.93% responded. “yes,” while just under 12% said they could pay “some, but not all” of their student debt.

Younger respondents expressed the most confidence in their ability to repay their student debt. Almost half (47.37%) of 18-24 year olds said they would be able to afford payments when they resume, while 42.86% of 25-34 year olds said the same.

At the other end of the spectrum, less than 7% of respondents aged 55 to 64 said they would be able to repay their student loans on September 1. About 14% of respondents aged 45 to 54 said they would be able to do this. Of the remaining respondents, 31.82% of those aged 35 to 44 said they would be able to pay their student loans when they resumed, and a fifth of those aged 65 and over said the same.

The vast majority of older respondents – more than 80% of those aged 55 and over – said they could afford to pay off some, but not all, of their student debt when payments resume. Less than half of respondents aged 18-34 said they would be able to repay some but not all of their loans.

Men tend to express slightly more confidence in paying payments than women. Here’s how the results break down by gender:

  • Women: 29.34% said they would be able to pay payments when they resume, 66.2% said they would not, and 9.86% said they would be able to pay some but not all payments.
  • Men: 36% said they would be able to pay payments when they resume, 50% said they would not, and 14% said they would be able to pay some but not all payments .

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If you are unable to repay your loan, you can discuss with the lender changing or deferring payments.

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Vance Cariaga is a London-based writer, editor and journalist who has previously held positions at Investor’s Business Daily, The Charlotte Business Journal and The Charlotte Observer. His work has also appeared in Charlotte Magazine, Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal, and Business North Carolina magazine. He holds a BA in English from Appalachian State University and studied journalism at the University of South Carolina. His reporting has won awards from the North Carolina Press Association, the Green Eyeshade Awards and AlterNet. In addition to journalism, he has worked in banking, accounting and restaurant management. A North Carolina native who also writes fiction, Vance’s short story “Saint Christopher” placed second in the 2019 Writer’s Digest short story competition. Two of her short stories appear in With One Eye on the Cows, an anthology published by Ad Hoc Fiction in 2019. Her first novel, Voodoo Hideaway, is published in 2021 by Atmosphere Press.


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