5 tips for getting an affordable college education

| August 15, 2019

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Most people seeking a job or hiring for a job can attest to the importance of formal education. Not only is the training important, but the commitment to finishing school is also appealing to employers. However, paying for formal education is not always feasible. Education costs have risen astronomically in a few generations, and it doesn’t look like the prices are going down. As of 2019, the national student loan debt is in the area of $1.56 trillion, according to Forbes. For 2018, 69% of college students took out educational loans and the average amount of debt for each graduate was $29,800, according to Lending Tree data. Clearly, people understand the importance of education, but the idea of paying it off is certainly daunting.

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