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From Generation X through the end of the Millennial generation, for sure, kids were sold the idea that you had to go to college and get a degree in order to make something of your life.

It wasn’t until the economy and the housing market and pretty much everything else spun out of control in the early aughts that we realized we’d been sold a lie – and a good number of us have been trying to climb out of debt ever since.

If you’re inclined to think thirty-somethings are just whiny whiners, take a look at these 14 pictures that pretty much prove the loan companies have made it impossible to put that debt behind us.

14. It is indeed a scam.

How do we get them to stop?

Thank you student loans from mildlyinfuriating

13. It definitely seems as if they should be closer.

This is as bad as a credit card.

Student loans is such a scam. Cancel student loan debt! (And mine isn’t even much compared to others) from ABoringDystopia

12. Just say no.

Feel free to add some curse words to spice it up, though.

I finally paid off my student loan. The bastards at Navient want me to share my “story”. from LateStageCapitalism

11. They owe not one penny less.

That’s got to be disheartening.

One year of student loan payments down. from mildlyinfuriating

10. That’s going the wrong direction.

Seriously, how is this possible?

Forgive Student Loans from DemocraticSocialism

9. Definitely seems like it’s only in their best interests.

I mean, who do they think they’re fooling?

A third of my student loan debt is from Sallie Mae, and they send me shit like this. from mildlyinfuriating

8. Yeah, no thanks.

Even lawyers don’t make enough money to keep that up.

Student Loans from LateStageCapitalism

7. Talk about being out of touch.

None of us wants to see this.

My income based monthly payment does not even cover interest on my student loan from ABoringDystopia

6. This is not what we were promised.

In case you were wondering.

Oh boy! 1/10th of 1% of student debts been erased! from LateStageCapitalism

5. I’m not seeing the incentive.

Except them getting another person in debt, too.

Added my wife as a cosigner to "lower" the interest rate on my refinanced student loans. Thanks, SoFi. from mildlyinfuriating

4. I assure you, we are not ready.

We will never be ready.

My state is on lockdown again- I’ve gotten laid off from my job a couple weeks ago- now i get this email. What the hell am I supposed to do!? from mildlyinfuriating

3. Those are your choices.

Go ahead and choose one.

“Hey kids, would you rather die fighting over oil or die paying back student debt?” from LateStageCapitalism

2. Can confirm.

I seriously doubt that anyone is thrilled about it.

Saw this on Facebook and I just HAD to share it. from MurderedByWords

1. That’s one word for it.

If you don’t want to get mad, I mean.

On the back of my student loan bill. So disheartening. from LateStageCapitalism

It’s kind of depressing to see it all in black and white, right?

If you’re struggling to get out from under student loans, tell us some ideas you’ve tried and whether or not they’ve worked down in the comments!