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How 3 Newly Married Couples Tackle Double Student Loan Debt

“One of our earliest arguments while dating was about my student loans.”

As the cost of college tuition continues to rise across the country, newly married couples are confronting tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt. And with debt can also come a significant amount of stress, which only adds to the challenges that newlyweds face.

According to a 2013 study by a University of North Carolina assistant professor of economics and Jeffrey Thompson, a principal economist for the Federal Reserve System, a minimum of $10,000 in student loan debt is linked to couples being denied credit and filing for bankruptcy. And clearly, financial distress can cause strain on relationships—in fact, a 2015 study revealed that money issues were the leading cause of stress in relationships in the United States.

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