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Student debt is a drag on economic recovery

The steep drop in homeownership among 25- to-34-year-olds is even more proof of the far-reaching consequences of student debt (“Young putting homes on hold,” Page A1, June 10). Not only does this debt hurt those struggling to pay for their own higher education, but it is putting a drag on the housing market and our overall economic recovery.

For average recent college graduates, student loan debt can consume nearly 20 percent of the borrower’s income that typically should be reserved for paying down debt. This prevents them from paying down other borrowed money, and severely restricts their ability to purchase a home, a car, and other products associated with starting a household. In short, student debt impedes the consumer spending that fuels the US economy.

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