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With Debt Soaring, Student Loan Delinquencies Reach 35 Percent

Learning finance the hard way


I am 23 and, thankfully, don't have any student loans. I got a scholarship in college, and because of this my parents agreed to help pay for my masters degree, but I count myself among a very small proportion of recent graduates that isn't drowning in student debt. So much debt, in fact, that 35 percent of those of us under age 30 simply won't—or can't—make their loan payments anymore, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Since 2004, educational debt has nearly tripled, to $966 billion, surpassing credit-card debt, auto loans, and home equity lines of credit to take second place behind mortgage debt, with a total balance moving steadily toward $1 trillion. Even through the recession, student debt showed no signs of stopping.

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  1. It’s just like a circle. People take out student loans because they can’t afford college and then they’re in debt and can’t pay off their loans. Economy in the US in debt based and people think that if they don’t have something then hey can borrow it or borrow money to get it. But college education is a necessity and I think it’s a vitally important thing for everyone. And there should be more alternatives to student loans and more jobs available for recent graduates because many of them live through instant payday loans online and work below their skills because of high unemployment rate and lack of jobs for people with poor job experience.

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