About Smarter Graduate
We Want to Help Everyone Make Smarter College & Career Choices
Why We Started
Though college is one of the biggest financial investments most will ever make, there wasn’t a single online tool that gave a full and accurate picture of how your degree and student loans would impact your financial future.
Why We Exist
Smarter Graduate’s sole purpose is to help students, career changers, counselors, and ISDs get the data needed to make the smartest choices when it comes to college, careers, and student loans. We want to help you plan for a financially secure future.
Why It Matters
Choosing the wrong career, taking out loans you won’t be able to pay back, or gaining a degree you cannot use can devastate your finances and take decades to recover from. Make the right choice the first time with Smarter Graduate.
Student loans can follow you forever (even through bankruptcy), Smarter Graduate makes sure you understand:
What you are paying for.
How long you will be paying for it.
How much you will ultimately pay for it.
What the return on your investment will truly be.
Don’t think student loans are that big of a deal? See the stats.
$1.6 trillion in total student debt
44.7 million Americans with student loan debt
$2.8k student debt accrued every second
70% of college students take on debt
$30,000+ average student debt
30% of student loan borrowers are deferring their loans
Total Student Loan Debt by Age
While borrowers under 30 have the most debt, consumers in the next two age groups – 30 to 49 – saw the largest increase in debt. These age groups are often considered the ‘buying power’ groups in the US, yet their student debt is growing faster than any other segment! Borrowers over 50 have seen increased student debt as well, with a large jump for those over 60 who potentially returned to school for a new career or second degree.
Source: New York Fed Consumer Credit Panel, Equifax
Average Total Debt of Graduates Who Took Out Loans
According to the Federal Reserve, over two-thirds of young adults who went to college in 2018 took on debt. About 69% of students from the Class of 2018 took out student loans, graduating with an average debt balance hovering around $30,000. As of 2019, more than 42 million student loan borrowers have student loan debt of up to $100,000.
Career changes are a huge lifetime event. Don’t make yours without seeing what it means for your financial future.
30% of the workforce will change careers or jobs every twelve months.
The average person will change careers 5-7 times during
their working life
Most people change their careers about every 3 years
80% of people are not happy in their current job
See exactly when you will break even with your new career
You’ll break even when you’re
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