student-debtThe negative effects of student debt are significant and persistent according to a Gallop poll.  Those who borrowed more than $25,000 are less likely to enjoy work and are less financially and physically fit than their debt-free peers even 24 years after graduation.

Gallop examined five elements of well-being:

  • Purpose: liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
  • Social: having supportive relationships and love in your life
  • Financial: managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
  • Community: liking where you live, feeling safe, and having pride in your community
  • Physical: having good health and enough energy to get things done daily

Financial and physical well-being show the strongest relationship with student debt.  Conversely, social well-being appears to have the weakest debt link.

“These results offer a new dimension of how college debt affects the rest of your life and it gives us more cause for concern,” said Brandon Busteed, executive director of Gallup Education.

Source: Gallup