I entered university right around when things really got out of control (2006), and by the time I had graduated I had accumulated about 50k in loans. Maybe a little more, actually.
Many millennials want student loan forgiveness. You'll often hear that it's not fair, to NOT fully forgive student loan debt.
While a part of me understands their frustration, what do those millennials have to say about someone like me: I worked hard in a competitive major, which led to a stable job. I also live frugally in a tiny, cheap home and never buy things like new clothes, electronics, etc. Unless I need to. Ive had the same cell phone since 2013. Because of this, I've never missed a monthly loan payment and I've pretty much almost completely paid the loans off. Has it set me back? Yeah, obviously. Would they be willing to cut me a check for $50k?