In the last 20 years, tuition costs have soared in the U.S. In-state tuition at public universities has increased about 158 percent during that time. Long gone are the days that our boomer parents reminisce about, you know, when you could work for a summer and save up enough money to cover tuition for a full year of school.

Many of us, especially Gen Xers like me and millennials were told to go to school and get a good job. Even with student loans, our parents told us it was worth it. Surely we'd get good jobs and be able to pay off the student loans with ease. So let's take a look at student loans. Let's talk about the realities of where we are right now and how it's okay. If you don't plan to pay off your student loans early or even at all.

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