Tricking Myself Into Paying My Student Loans : Planet Money About 44 million people owe nearly 1.5 trillion dollars in student loans all together. But for some people — like our producer Darius Rafieyan — paying them requires some mental adjustments.
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Tricking Myself Into Paying My Student Loans

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Tricking Myself Into Paying My Student Loans

Tricking Myself Into Paying My Student Loans

Tricking Myself Into Paying My Student Loans

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Emily Lang
Dar's loans
Emily Lang

The total amount of student loan debt in the U.S. is about 1.5 trillion dollars. The average amount a person owes is around $30,000. Our producer, Darius Rafieyan, took out about $56,000 by the time he graduated from college. For the past year he's been making on-time payments but, now, he owes more than $57,000.

Today on the Indicator, CBS business analyst and author of "The Dumb Things Smart People Do With Their Money" Jill Schlesinger helps Darius work through his debt-related existential crisis, and take control of his mounting student loans.

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