Older adults paying back $290 billion in student loans

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Older adults paying back $290 billion in student loans

Student loans aren’t just the burden of 20-year-olds. Many older Americans are carrying them, too. Around 9 million people 50 or older have student loan debt, whether for their kids’ college educations or from boosting their own employment prospects over the years. With inflation hitting hard, many struggle to pay hundreds of dollars extra each month. But there are ways to lighten the load on budgets, including federal programs and wise management of balances.

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Lifestyles

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Food

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Adventures

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Health & Fitness

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Personal Finance/Consumers

SBA loans help assisted-living industry keep up

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