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The burden of student loan debt in the U.S. continues to get heavier.

As a working adult with no kids, back-to-school season doesn’t mean all that much to me. The main evidence I see of the start of a new school year comes in the form of TV commercials and posts from people on social media who have kids (apparently, having the child hold up a sign stating the grade they’re entering on the first day of school is a thing). Otherwise, it’s a simply a continuation of my daily grind, with slightly cooler weather and the sense of a fresh start.

For those who are in college, preparing to enter college or recent college graduates (or parents of kids who are in any of these three stages), back-to-school season can trigger feelings of intense financial anxiety.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha has served as an editor for CU Times since March 2015. She also served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta FCU) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer for more than 16 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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