According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, students took out more than $100 billion in loans in 2010, and will have $1 trillion in outstanding loans this year -- twice the amount of five years ago.
Politico has more on the report:
The average full-time undergraduate student borrowed $4,963 in 2010, up 63 percent from a decade earlier, even after adjusting for inflation, the report says.
Meanwhile, with a greater loan burden, the percentage of borrowers that defaulted on their student debts also rose - from 6.7 percent in 2007 to 8.8 percent in 2009.
A report last year from the Project on Student Debt put the average student debt load at $24,000.
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