Ignoring student loan debt won’t make it go away – your best chance is to make a plan to deal with it head-on. Your plan may involve taking advantage of any available assistance in consolidating, lowering costs through refinancing, and pursuing loan forgiveness programs. The goal is to pay down your student loan debt while simultaneously saving and strengthening your overall financial picture.

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Going into debt to further your education can be worth it – up to a point. But please do not assume that it is always the case. As with many other financial questions, whether student loan debt is “worth it” depends on the specifics, so you will need to crunch the numbers for your particular situation.

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