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The Student Debt Crisis

LIVES ON HOLD

Millions of Americans who went to college seeking a better future now face crushing debt from student loans—while the industry makes a handsome profit. How a broken system landed so many in this mess.

From Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting

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The Student Debt Crisis

LIVES ON HOLD

Millions of Americans who went to college seeking a better future now face crushing debt from student loans—while the industry makes a handsome profit. How a broken system landed so many in this mess.

From Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting

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I feel I kind of ruined my life going to college.
Jackie Krowen, 33
$152,000 in student debt

HAVING THE COLLEGE MONEY TALK

10 key questions every family should consider before taking on student loans

Choosing a college is one of the most consequential, and costly, decisions a young person makes. Families can use this guide from Consumer Reports to start talking about smart ways to pay for it all.

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COSTING IT OUT

The Way You Repay Really Matters

You have a lot of options when it comes to repaying your federal student debt. The path you choose can mean the difference between an affordable payment and a debt that balloons out of control. Consumer Reports designed this special interactive feature to show how a standard repayment plan compares to other scenarios—including what happens if you don’t pay at all.

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DEGREES OF DEBT AND REGRET

A new Consumer Reports survey of student borrowers shows the heavy burden of debt on young lives:

45%

OF PEOPLE WITH STUDENT DEBT SAY COLLEGE WAS NOT WORTH THE COST.

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STUDENT DEBT VS. MORTGAGE DEBT

Not all debt is created equal

Here are some of the ways student debt is harder to manage than a mortgage.

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STUDENT DEBT VS. MORTGAGE DEBT

Not all debt is created equal

Here are some of the ways student debt is harder to manage than a mortgage.

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