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9 startling facts that show just how hard the student-debt crisis is hurting black Americans

Black students are more likely to take on debt, and graduates are nearly five times as likely to default on loans than their white peers.

Elizabeth Warren says she will go around Congress to cancel $1.6 trillion of US student debt on ‘day one’ as president

Warren's plan to go around Congress to forgive student debt would almost certainly trigger opposition among Republicans and even some Democrats.
The cost of the average monthly student-loan payment could go a long way if you were able to invest it for retirement.

The monthly average student-loan payment in the US is $393. Here’s how much money you’d save for retirement if you could invest it instead...

Can you imagine what your student-loan payments would look like if you were able to save them for retirement? Business Insider did the calculations.

Sen. Rand Paul unveils plan for people to pay off student loans by dipping into their retirement savings

Paul's bill would allow people to draw from their 401k to pay down student debt, but some experts said it'd be harder to save up for retirement.

Congress told 80,000 firefighters and teachers it would forgive their student loans. Over 10 years later, a tangle of mismanagement has kept them from...

Congress created the program to encourage graduates to go into low-paid but necessary jobs, such as teaching and law enforcement.
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8 things I wish I could tell my 17-year-old self about student loans

It's been 10 years since the author graduated, and she still has almost $40,000 in student loan debt to pay off.

I refinanced my student loans to get my cosigner off, and it healed our damaged relationship

Ten years after co-signing an $18,000 student loan, the author's aunt wanted off — she had her own kids to put through college.
Indebted millennials said if they didn't have student-loan debt, they'd use the money to pay off other debt.

Millennials know what they’d do if they didn’t have to pay their student loans: Pay off everything else

The average monthly student-loan payment is $393 — that could pay off the average household credit-card debt in just over a year.

Refinancing your student loans with Earnest can help you pay them back on a timeline that works for you

Whether you need five years or 20 to pay off your student loans, Earnest can help you find a monthly payment amount that makes sense for your budget.

It took me almost a decade to pay off $8,000 of student loan debt, but after refinancing I can’t believe how fast it’s going down

The author graduated with $65,000 in private student loans and was drowning in interest after 10 years of payments.