“We already know Black women are receiving degrees at higher levels, but also they’re bearing the burden of the most educational debt. It does not have to be this way.”
“I do not choose the violence of acknowledging my student loans. I just choose to live my life, and make sure I pay my bills.”
Maisha was excited to be accepted into her top choice school: a prestigious university she had always dreamed of attending. She enrolled in college at age 17 and approached her studies with great interest and enthusiasm. Five years and two degrees later, Maisha had borrowed over $100,000 in student loans and entered the profession of social work—a career that earns a median annual salary of about $50,000.
“I’m very grateful to have my education,” said Maisha, a Black woman and…