Fact check: Looking deeper at Bernie Sanders' claim about student debt


According to Forbes, student loan debt is now the second highest consumer debt, just behind mortgages and ahead of credit card debt.

Bernie Sanders on Twitter

Unbelievably, in America today there are 44 million Americans who owe more than $1.5 trillion in student debt. It’s time to make colleges, universities and trade schools tuition free in America. https://t.co/qRpZKaKWAf

Claim:

“Unbelievably, in America today there are 44 million Americans who owe more than $1.5 trillion in student debt.”

Fact check:

True. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has put the cost of total student debt at over 1.5 trillion dollars. Forbes reports that there are 44 million Americans with this kind of debt.

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