Created on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON (AP) — Young adults who took out loans for college have significantly more overall debt than those who didn't have to borrow for their education, researchers report.
FILE - In this May 20, 2013 file photo, graduates pose for photographs during commencement at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. There's still plenty of pomp and circumstance, inspiring words from lofty speakers and tossing tassels, but today's college graduation ceremonies include many a contemporary twist. In 1984, according to some estimates, only half of graduates had debt from college loans, averaging about $2,000. Now, two-thirds of recent bachelor's degree recipients have outstanding student loans, with an average debt of about $27,000, according to a Pew Research Center report. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
A Pew Research Center study released Wednesday examined households headed by people under 40 and found those with student loans tend to typically have about $137,010 in overall debt, including mortgages, car loans, and credit cards.
That compares with $73,250 for similar households without student loans to repay.
"Young adults with student loans are behind in building their nest eggs," said the lead author, Pew senior economic Richard Fry.
About 4 in 10 households headed by an adult under 40 currently have some student debt.
The report was based on an analysis of government data from the Survey of Consumer Finances as well as Pew Research survey data.