The median student debt for a graduate in the US is now $35,051. That’s more than many graduates will make in a year. The increasing debt requirements are furthering economic inequalities. The poor can’t afford the degrees that eliminate poverty. Those students who go to school, whether they graduate or not, start their work careers with debt payments rather than paying to build households. The students who can afford school without debt are fewer and gain a significant advantage. The trend continues, except for new students who are attending local colleges and trade schools instead.