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Hofstra University student Divya Singh found herself beset by a double whammy of bills from two of the costliest kinds of institutions in America — colleges and hospitals. After experiencing anxiety when her family had trouble coming up with the money for her tuition, she sought counseling and ended up with a weeklong stay in a psychiatric hospital — and a resulting $3,413 bill. Jackie Molloy for KHN hide caption

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College Tuition Sparked A Mental Health Crisis. Then The Hefty Hospital Bill Arrived

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Power lines near Houston on Feb. 16. Some Texas residents are facing enormous power bills after wholesale prices for electricity skyrocketed amid last week's massive grid failure. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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Ordinary items such as bicycles or hair extensions are gaining symbolic significance as we use them to project to a time when we can finally use them with others or show them off. Kaz Fantone for NPR hide caption

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A Bicycle. A Trip. Or Just Pants: The Things We Buy When Pining For Normal Times

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Behind The Pandemic Purchases We Won't Use Until Later

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Debate Over Student Loan Forgiveness Hinges On 2 Numbers: $10,000 Vs. $50,000

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An undated photo of President Herbert Hoover, whose term as president ran from 1929 to 1933. He railed against short sellers after the market crash of 1929. AP hide caption

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Wall Street Short Sellers: Hated For Centuries

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Demonstrators call for a union and $15 minimum wage at a McDonald's in Charleston, S.C., in February 2020. The U.S. Senate has voted to prohibit an increase in the federal minimum wage during the pandemic. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Senate Says No To $15 Minimum Wage For Now, But Democrats Vow To Push On

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GameStop Mania Likely Won't Happen Again. Here's How To Invest Wisely

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Financier Ken Griffin has been slammed on chat rooms like WallstreetBets. Michael Kovac/Getty Images hide caption

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Ken Griffin: The Hedge Fund Titan In The Middle Of The Reddit Investing Revolt

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The White House says President Biden's COVID-19 economic rescue plan, including an expanded child tax credit, would help cut child poverty in half. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Biden Plan To Expand Child Tax Credit Could Help Lift Millions Of Kids Out Of Poverty

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Life Below $15 An Hour: Workers On The Potential Federal Minimum Wage Hike

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