Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Get entered to win tickets to Paul McCartney at Fenway June 8th with your gift today!

Do you have student debt, but no degree? Are you in default? Tell us

Borrower thinking about student loans.
Hanna Barczyk for NPR

More than 41 million people have outstanding federal student loans, totaling more than $1.5 trillion. But not all borrowers have the same experience.

For a start, more than a third of borrowers have an outstanding balance of $10,000 or less.

Second, about 20% of borrowers are in default. When you get older, you can even lose part of your Social Security. More than 1 million loans go into default each year.

Finally, research shows that those hit hardest by student loan debt never finished college.

We want to know about your experience and how your debt or your default status has affected your life. If any of this sounds familiar, please let us know via the form below — we may contact you for a story.

Your submission will be governed by our general Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. As the Privacy Policy says, we want you to be aware that there may be circumstances in which the exemptions provided under law for journalistic activities or freedom of expression may override privacy rights you might otherwise have.

Copyright 2022 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

You make NHPR possible.

NHPR is nonprofit and independent. We rely on readers like you to support the local, national, and international coverage on this website. Your support makes this news available to everyone.

Give today. A monthly donation of $5 makes a real difference.