More than one out of every three households has student loan debt. Today's graduates from public colleges who have debt are, on average, facing $25,640 in student loans. That number has tripled in the last 8 years, and the growth shows no sign of slowing. Student loans take a heavy toll on households, too. A Pew Research study found that households without student loans are 7.4 times richer than those with student loans.

There's good news if the use of student loans lead to graduation. The average college grad aged 25-32 makes $17,500 more than their counterparts with only a high school diploma. Also, the unemployment rate among those with a bachelor's degree is 3.8 percent as compared to 12.2 percent for those with only a high school diploma.

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