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Everyone has heard about the student debt crisis – more than 42 million people owe a total of $1.3 trillion in student debt. In California, the average debt for an individual graduating from a four-year institution is $21,382. We estimate that more than 160,000 nonprofit staff have student debt. A recent survey conducted by CalNonprofits confirmed that student debt is hurting recruitment, retention and diversity in the nonprofit workforce.

NOTE: while most nonprofits are eligible employers it's not true of every nonprofit. Please read the FAQs for more information.

The Nonprofit Student Debt Project is a CalNonprofits initiative to educate nonprofit staff and employers, advocate for public policy changes, and engage our community on the problem of student debt and its impact on the nonprofit workforce -- and what we can do about it. Read our recent articles about student debt and what we're doing about it in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and the Nonprofit Quarterly, Part 1 and Part 2.

 
 

Nonprofit employees:
Options for Public Service Loan Forgiveness

 
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What is the impact of student debt on the nonprofit workforce? CalNonprofits conducted this survey to find out!
 
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Nonprofit Student Debt Project Leadership Council

Linda Akutagawa, LEAP 
Fred Blackwell, San Francisco Foundation 
Janet Camarena, Foundation Center 
Cynthia Chavez, LeaderSpring 
Karen Coppock, TechSoup Global 
Robert Egger, LA Kitchen
Sofia Klatzker, Arts4LA
Paul Vandeventer, Community Partners 

What is the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program?

The federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program can help the nonprofit sector address the student debt crisis, but not enough people know about it.

  • Find out more here.

Student Debt Webinars

Check out our webinars on Getting Ready for Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Student Debt Forgiveness Options for Nonprofit Employees. All webinars and recordings are free to Members, including Student Members. Learn more about Membership here.

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