Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D‑N.Y.) has often spotlighted her own student loans since entering Congress, personalizing a hot-button issue to decry a system that saddles millions of people with debt coming out of school. However, unlike most Americans struggling to pay off student loans, Ocasio-Cortez, 32, has spent her money lavishly and appears to be in a position to pay off her full debt at any time, according to a review of her student loan history.
As of 2020, Ocasio-Cortez owed between $15,001 and $50,000 in federal student loans, according to her most recent personal financial disclosure report, which was filed in August 2021.
That debt was incurred from August 2007 to May 2011. Student loans are often paid off under a 10-year plan. In December, however, Ocasio-Cortez said she had “over $17,000” in student loan debt.
Two years earlier, in September 2019, Ocasio-Cortez made a student lo …
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