Some college-age folks believe there doesn't need to be a limit, while older people are more conservative. But students' crushing debt loads affect us all.
The average debt load has grown by 30% in 5 years. Delinquencies rose by 22% in the same period. This spells trouble on many levels.
Retiring $12,000 of debt over a year's time is doable with some sacrifice.
Current and future students should consider these potential consequences before running up their student loan debt.
Tuition at public colleges and universities has more than tripled in the past 30 years.
Think the sequester affects only federal employees? Think again. The budget cuts may cause you to adjust your plans in the next few months.
It's not too early for the college-bound to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. You may be surprised to find you qualify.
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