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Students & Debt

Student loans are a common way to fund education, and they provide educational opportunities that you otherwise may not be able to afford. But in many cases, graduates are left with a diploma and an enormous financial burden of student loans and credit card debt – and maybe no job in sight. With Americans owing an estimated $1 trillion in student loans, it's important that you take control of your student loans today. We can help.

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Total U.S. Student Debt

$1 trillion

Student Debt Accrued Every Second

$3,000

Average Student Debt for a 2013 Grad

$35,200

Financial Aid & Student Loans

You dream of going to college, but how will you pay for it? Scholarships, grants and savings can help. But if you're like most Americans, you'll also have to take out student loans. Learn the types of student loans and how to apply.

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Financial Tips for Students

When it comes to finances, college can be a time of worry and increasing difficulty. In order to concentrate on your education, while also enjoying your extracurricular activities, you need to learn how to create a spending plan.

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Managing Student Debt

The joy of graduation day fades quickly when you have to start paying back your student loans. Learn about repayment options, how to consolidate your debt, and programs that can get rid of your student loans altogether.

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Student Loans

For you and many students like you across the country, graduation does not come with a job. It can come with a pile of student loan debt. The average borrower in the college class of 2013 is expected to carry more than $35,200 in student loan debt. That debt may be accompanied by growing credit card debt, as well as an auto loan and maybe even a mortgage.

Did You Know?

The costs for a higher education are among the fastest-rising costs in American culture today. Since 1980, tuition costs at U.S. colleges and universities have risen 757 percent. In comparison, food and electricity costs have risen about 150 percent and gasoline prices have risen more than 400 percent over the same period of time.

Cecillia Barr

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Cecillia Barr

Cecillia Barr is a graduate of the University of Central Florida. She blogs about her extensive knowledge on student loans in order to help others reduce their debt and live financially independent lives.

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