New York Times  |  March 24, 2011

Paying off student loans is becoming harder and harder to do, especially when you throw graduate school into the mix. In this New York Times Bucks Blog Column, Ron Lieber asks readers to chime in if their student loan debt was higher than their starting salary after graduation.

For the article, by Tess Vigeland of the public radio program Marketplace Money, we paired Ms. McNair up with Lauren Lyons Cole, a financial planner just a few years her elder, for advice. Ms. Cole made reference to a maxim that I’ve heard once or twice before, the notion that your student loan debt should be no higher than whatever your starting salary will be.


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