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Businessman with ball and chain “Student debt should not be a life sentence,” college affordability advocate James Kvaal said. (Image: Shutterstock)

While some wealthy families, ensnared in a pay-to-play scandal revealed this week, have paid tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to insure their child gets enrolled in the college of their choice, thousands more students are struggling to pay for a college education.

Student debt has exploded to $1.5 trillion as a result of increasing costs, declining state funding and federal programs that have failed to keep up with college cost inflation.

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