DALLAS, TEXAS—The drinks were flowing and so was the conversation.
But the topic of choice at this Friday happy hour was kind of heavy.
"We`re on a generation debt happy hour tour, a toast to our outstanding payments," said America`s Next Impact Director Chris Covo.
It`s an issue many students at UT Arlington today told us they can relate too.
"I would say probably around 25-thousand, somewhere around there, 25 to 30-thousand," said UT Arlington Student Esteban Aguilar.
"Probably about 60 thousand," said UT Arlington Student Shanerika Odom.
"I just hope I get a really good job to pay for it," said Odom.
But Chris Covo say he's on mission to change that.
"They shouldn't have to accept that reality," said Covo.
Covo heads a group called America's Next Impact. He wants young people to be outraged about student debt.
"I have a lot of friends that are actually struggling with paying for college, even though it`s relatively well priced. It`s still a huge expense," said Texas A&M Student Cathy Bean.
Covo says student debt could hit one trillion dollars this year, because the price of tuition has risen 320 percent in the last 25 years.
On top of that, Covo says right now, the unemployment rate for 18-29 years is higher than the rest of the population.
"When our parents graduated from college they were immediately able to put money back into the economy, they were immediately able to put a new payment on a car, a house, for us that`s not necessarily the case," said Covo.
Still, many students us they feel loans are must.
"I feel that in the long run it will allow me to be a more attractive candidate for a job and I`ll be able to pay off those debts much more quickly," said Aguilar.
America`s Next Impact is focusing on public colleges.