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“Stuck in it until I die”: Parents get buried by college debt too

Jay Rife was sitting in his pickup truck on the outskirts of Las Vegas when he answered a phone call that would permanently alter his life. A man from the federal government was on the line and told him that the loan he had taken out so his son and daughter could go to college had come due. The monthly payment was $1,200. “I thought I was going to pass out,” said Rife, who was making $13 an hour as a maintenance worker.

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