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A lot of people are talking about student loans right now, specifically about federal student loan forgiveness and what it means. But there’s still plenty going on outside of forgiveness, with notable signs the student lending landscape may be changing back to pre-pandemic patterns.

Last year saw the lowest year-over-year increase in student loan debt in a decade, even with a 2.7% increase in 2021 over 2020, as reported by Sound Dollar. This isn’t a cause for concern, however, because it was attributable in large part to the pandemic and the many relief efforts put in place to alleviate economic burdens during that time such as pauses in student loan repayment.

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