Altogether, the debt-ridden congresspeople, led by progressive New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), owe between $180,004 and $400,000 in student loans, according to federal records reviewed by the New York Post.
Ocasio-Cortez had a balance of between $15,001 and $50,000 in federal student loans as of 2020, AOC’s most recent personal financial disclosure show.
The economics major, a Boston University alum who graduated in 2011, has still not paid off the debt, despite a $174,000 annual salary, a zero percent interest rate, and no payments due since March 2020, the New York Post reported.
“I’m 32 years old now, I have over $17,000 in student loan debt. And I didn’t go to graduate school because I knew that getting another degree would drown me in debt,” Ocasio-Cortez, the daughter of a Westchester architect, said in December.