The financial crisis and the bursting of the housing bubble arenow a decade behind us. But at least one consequence persists: apile of student loans. Those loans, and the government's relentlessefforts to collect on them, continue to haunt Americans years afternames like Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns faded into memory.

Since the recession began in 2008, federally owned student debthas grown from around 5 percent of all household debt to around30%.

Relative to national income, student debt has more thanquintupled:

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