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Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 4:00 am

While some women are already established in their careers, others are just beginning with education.

That means young women just entering school have to start thinking early about how will they pay for college and how it will impact them in the future once they have a degree in hand.

With college costs skyrocketing, more college students are waking to the realization that they are trapped under massive debts. It doesn’t have to be this way, say experts.

The numbers are staggering, as 65 percent of student loan borrowers misunderstand or are surprised by aspects of their student loans, according to studies. And student loans account for the most common form of increasing debt among ages 18-24, with 60 percent of students graduating with an average of $24,572.45 in student loan debt.

Students are not being taught enough financial responsibility, say experts at Lexington Law, a leading provider of consumer credit correction services. Only four states require a class in financial education. As such, many educators are urging greater financial education requirements.

In the meantime, there are things students can do to avoid getting buried under debt. A recent survey revealed that one in three graduates would have pursued one of the following, if they could do it all again:

• Scholarships

• Financial aid

• Started saving earlier

• Pursued higher paying

   majors

• Worked while in college

Parents and students can access free financial education tips and services at www.lexingtonlaw.com.

Remember, a little knowledge can help secure your wallet.

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