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Student-Loan Debt Not Just a Problem for Students

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According to the 2010 Survey of Consumer Finances, 45 percent of all American families hold outstanding student-loan debt. Last year, the total debt Americans owe on their student loans topped $1 trillion. Paired with declining incomes and rising housing costs, student-loan debt is stifling the broader economy. This video depicts real-life circumstances of Americans young and old hampered by student-loan debt.

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