How Much Student Debt is Too Much?

Tips on how to avoid overborrowing.

As you’re crunching the numbers, consider how much debt your student will be able to afford after college. Most students borrow to finance their education—to the tune of an average $29,400 per borrower for the class of 2012. But how manageable that debt is depends on the student’s career path.

See Our Story: The Right Way to Borrow for College

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Kaitlin Pitsker
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Pitsker joined Kiplinger in the summer of 2012. Previously, she interned at the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, N.Y., and with Chronogram magazine in Kingston, N.Y. She holds a BS in magazine journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.