Unknown; Occupy Wall Street Archives Working Group
Student debt surpassed credit card debt in 2010, amounting to more than $1 trillion. The average 2011 college graduate had $27,204 in student debt. As a movement concerned with economic disparities, student debt was a key issue at Occupy. This cardboard sign, created by an NYU student, notes that after just one semester they are already $5,000 in debt.
"In 2018 will I have a job? NYU student 1 semester in & $5,000 in debt" is written on a piece of cardboard in black marker. The words 2018, student, semester, and "$5,000 in debt" are underlined once, and "job" is underlined multiple times.
NYU Student Debt cardboard sign, circa 2011-2012; TAM.630 Occupy Wall Street Archives Working Group Records; box 37; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University