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Mounting student loan debt has led many young adults to push back major life events like getting married, having children, and buying a home. Now, MarketWatch staffer Jillian Berman reports, a new report shows that student debt is an even greater challenge for women.

In the past four years, the gap between the amount of debt carried by male and female graduates has nearly doubled, a report by the American Association for University Women shows. On average, female bachelor’s degree recipients graduated with $2,700 more in debt in 2016 than their male counterparts. That’s up from about a $1,400 gap in 2012.

If trends continue on their current trajectory, Kevin Miller, a senior researcher at AAUW and the author of the report, estimates that the outstanding student debt held by women alone could reach $1 trillion over the next year. If the ratio of debt owed by women versus men stays the same, then men hold about $550 billion at that time. “We’ll be keeping a watch on it,” he said.

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