According to a new study by the Association of University Women, student loans are more burdensome for women. In their first year after college, women are paid 82 cents to the male dollar. Not only that, they’re less likely to be employed within a year. As a result, they are spending a higher percentage of their earnings repaying their student loans.
The study found that some of the pay gap is a result of fields of study–men are more likely to study high-paying subjects like engineering and computer science, compared to education and social sciences for women. But that doesn’t explain everything. Even when researchers controlled for factors such as hours worked and type of occupation, they still found an unexplained discrimination.