This year, the Class of 2016 graduated with more student loan debt than any class in history. Today, seven out of ten students are leaving campus with some form of student loan debt. Tuition increases, high loan limits, and the slow economy has forced the average graduate to borrow a whopping $35,000.


Student loan debt can have a lasting impact on the lives of students and families. According to the American Student Assistance, student loan debt is causing 43% of graduates to delay starting a family, 29% of graduates to put off marriage, 73% of graduates to put off retirement, and 75% of graduates to put off purchasing a home.


Earlier this month, we conducted our own survey of 500 graduated student loan borrowers. In our survey, we decided to have a little more fun with our questions. Our goal was to find out what insane things graduates would do to free themselves from their student loans. We warn you, the questions are a little graphic and slightly disturbing. That said, the responses paint a very clear picture. The majority of student loan borrowers are feeling the pinch and aren’t afraid to get a little weird.


Here are the highlights of our survey:


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  • ​56.20% of borrowers would vote for Hillary Clinton, if it mean't that they would have no more student loan debt.
  • 57.60% of borrowers would vote for Donald Trump, if it mean't that they would have no more student loan debt.
  • 61.40% of borrowers would give up cheese for life, if it mean't that they would have no more student loan debt.
  • 58.40% of borrowers would wear Crocs for the next 10 years, if it mean't that they would have no more student loan debt.
  • 8.80% of borrowers would give back their degree, if it mean't that they would have no more student loan debt.
  • 26.80% of borrowers would contract the Zika Virus, if it mean't that they would have no more student loan debt.
  • 30.60% of borrowers would give up sex for the next 10 years, if it mean't that they would have no more student loan debt.
  • 83.80% of borrowers would STOP watching Game of Thrones, if it mean't that they would have no more student loan debt.
  • 62.20% of borrowers would star in a short porn video, if it mean't that they would have no more student loan debt.
  • 85% of borrowers would give up smoking marijuana for life, if it mean't that they would have no more student loan debt.
  • 42.60% of borrowers would hookup with Kaitlyn Jenner, if it mean't that they would have no more student loan debt.
  • 42.80% of borrowers would give up toilet paper, and moist wipes, for the next 5 years, if it mean't that they would have no more student loan debt.
  • 77.40% of borrowers would give up SnapChat for life, if it mean't that they would have no more student loan debt.
  • 7.80% of borrowers would move to North Korea for the next 10 years, if it mean't that they would have no more student loan debt.
  • 50% of borrowers would jump into a gorilla cage, if it mean't that they would have no more student loan debt.
  • 57.80% of borrowers would have a one hour conversation with a Comcast customer service representative everyday for the next 5 years, if it mean't that they would have no more student loan debt.
  • 76% of borrowers would give up lunch meats for life, if it mean't that they would have no more student loan debt.
  • 83.40% of borrowers would give up bagels for life, if it mean't that they would have no more student loan debt.
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We apologize if you were offended by our questions. We hope that this survey and infographic bring awareness to the $1.4 trillion student loan problem in the United States. Student loan borrowers are willing to give up quite a bit, and undergo even more, if it means no more debt. Sadly, the Department of Education doesn’t plan on making any of these option available anytime soon. Though, we suggest calling Sallie Mae to see if any of these student loan forgiveness options might be available. Borrowers, especially those with private student loans, may want to consider refinancing and consolidating their student loans if they are creditworthy and have a good income. 


This survey was conducted online.