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Jamie Dimon sounds off on student debt crisis: 'What we've done is a disgrace'

Key Points
  • JP Morgan chief Jamie Dimon says we need to "fix the broken parts" of student lending in the United States.
  • "What we've done is a disgrace and it's hurting America," Dimon tells Yahoo Finance.
  • With $1.6 trillion outstanding student debt in the United States, student lending is crippling many Americans. Today the average college student graduates $30,000 in the debt, up from $10,000 in the 1990s.
Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase. 
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JP Morgan chief Jamie Dimon says we need to "fix the broken parts" of student lending in the United States.

"What we've done is a disgrace and it's hurting America," JP Morgan's chairman and CEO told Yahoo Finance in an interview Tuesday.

With $1.6 trillion outstanding student debt in the United States, student lending is crippling many Americans. Today the average college graduate leaves school $30,000 in the debt, up from $10,000 in the 1990s.

"I think they should look at all parts of student lending, fix the broken parts, and then forgive those people [who] need forgiveness, and then help people get into school, and then make sure the schools are responsible in getting the kids out," Dimon said.

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Student loan debt has been an issue addressed by many 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls, most recently Sen. Bernie Sanders, who announced a plan on Monday to erase the country's outstanding student debt. The legislation would release 45 million Americans from their student debt and be paid for with a new tax on financial transactions on Wall Street. In April,  Sen. Elizabeth Warren proposed that borrowers with household incomes under $100,000 would have $50,000 of their student debt canceled, and those who earn $100,000 to $250,000 would be eligible for relief on a sliding scale.

"How they go about taxing, I'll leave that to the politicians to figure that out," Dimon said.

JP Morgan exited student lending in 2013.