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About one in seven borrowers default on their student loans within three years of beginning to repay them. Illustration by Getty Images

Twitter chat: How senior citizens can address student debt

People aged 60 and older are the fastest growing segment of the student debt market. The number of people in this age range with student loan debt has quadrupled in the last decade from approximately 700,000 to 2.8 million, and the average amount they owe has almost doubled to approximately $23,500.

But how did we get here, and what can senior citizens do about student debt?

To answer those questions, the PBS NewsHour Weekend will be joined on Twitter on Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. ET by Ashley Norwood, consumer and regulatory advisor at American Student Assistance (@cca_asa); Anthony Orlando, assistant lecturer at the University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy (@AnthonyWOrlando); and Rohit Chopra, senior fellow at the Consumer Federation of America (@hitchop).

Have questions? Tweet them to #NewsHourChats.

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