Self-Help Blog update: Buying a Home? Don’t Let Student Loan Debt Haunt Your Dream

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Image of menacing jack o' lantern in an envelope, labeled "Student Loans"

Forget goblins and zombies. For over 44 million borrowers, this Halloween there’s nothing more frightening than the next student loan bill lurking in their mailbox.

For the economic future of our nation, the cumulative threat is real and growing larger. As tuitions rise unchecked and for-profit colleges continue to prey on vulnerable students, the student loan debt burden in America is now $1.5 trillion—placing a drag on homeownership and other investments that help build a strong economy.

When you mention student loan debt to Shondra Tanner, Self-Help’s Director of Mortgage Originations, she immediately thinks of Derek and Tricia, a couple who came to us for a home loan. Tricia is a teacher...

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