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Community College Awareness Month: What You Donít Know About Student Debt CAN Hurt You


Time for a quick reality check: Yes, higher education is still one of the best investments you can make in yourself. On average, college graduates (including associate degree holders) make more money and have better career prospects than high-school graduates.

But the rising cost of college means more and more Americans are going into serious debt. An estimated 42 million of us are more than $1.3 trillion in the hole to pay for college. Americans owe more in student debt than on car loans and credit cards. In fact, student debt is climbing so fast that you can actually watch it grow at the National Student Loan Debt Clock, .

If youíre considering higher education options, you owe it to yourself to make careful choices about how to pay for college.

Here are a few things you might not know about student debt:

ēBeing loaded down by student debt can keep you from living your life. Student debt interferes with decisions about marriage, children and home ownership.

ēStudent debt can follow you for decades and hamper your ability to invest for retirement. And itís difficult to gain relief from student debt, even in bankruptcy.

Hereís the bottom line: think long and hard about how youíre going to pursue that college degree. Learn how much college will cost. Did you know you can save about $45,000 by earning your associate degree at one of Virginiaís Community Colleges, then transferring to a four-year state university?

There are smart options available to pursue your degree without a mountain of debt.
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