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While women account for 57 percent of college enrollees as of the fall of 2016, the most recent data from the Department of Education indicates that they hold close to two-thirds of the $1.34 trillion in outstanding student debt in the U.S.(according to a report released by the non-profit American Association of University Women).

1. Explain whether this situation has worsened over time and why.
2. What are some of the reasons for this disparity?
3. What is your opinion about giving women a grant for college or increasing financial aid? Discuss some of the issues.


O’Neal, L. (2017). Women Have More College Debt Than Men And Take Longer To Pay It Off. IBT, May 24 (Retrievable online at