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Good with Money: Escape student loan debt, apply for scholarships

Student debt crisis, understanding the costs
Posted: 12:49 PM, Aug 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-25 19:01:40-04
$2.6B in free college money went unclaimed by 2018 grads

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Americans owe more than $1.53 trillion in student loan debt.

Research shows that 1 in 4 Americans have student loan debt, that is nearly 45 million people.

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For most students college is not option simply because they can't afford it, but UNLV student Sebastian Cardenes understood that opportunities in life start with education and going to college was a priority.

Cardenes' high GPA in high school earned him several scholarships to attend UNLV.

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However, most students don't finish first in their class and the struggle to pay for college can be overwhelming.

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The Public Education Foundation says there is money available but you have to look for it.

Las Vegas has a lot of resources for scholarships, including the Savings program at the Nevada State Treasurer's office.

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For more scholarship opportunities visit The Public Education Foundation and The Nevada State Treasurers office .

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